Prospectus

Prospectus

Welcome to Pulford Lower School

– a church school for the whole community

Pulford is a happy, supportive school where children enjoy learning. We provide a warm, family environment for girls and boys of all abilities, within which they develop to their full potential.

Pulford is in a very convenient and attractive location. Surrounded by fields and trees, it has a countryside atmosphere right in the centre of Leighton Buzzard. Children come to the school from all over the town and surrounding area. By the time they leave, Pulford pupils are self-confident, self-disciplined young people with the academic and social skills they need to meet the challenge of middle school.

As the oldest school in Leighton Buzzard, Pulford has a rich heritage. It is named after Joshua Pulford, a vicar of the town who died in 1710, leaving provision for education in his will. This relationship between Church and school endures. The Christian faith underpins our approach to educating and nurturing your child, and we have a close association with All Saints Church. We aim to take all that is best from Pulford’s history and tradition, and to move forward with a progressive vision for our future.

Please use this prospectus to find out more about:

•             the aims of the school

•             the buildings and site

•             the curriculum

•             practicalities, facts and figures

We hope you will find the information you need to help you in the exciting task of choosing your child’s first school. But to discover what makes Pulford really unique, come to see the school for yourself. You can make an appointment, or join in a day of celebration such as the Bonfire Night, Christmas Bazaar or the inter-school Football Festival and Fun Day. We look forward to welcoming you.

Dave Heather – Head Master

love to learn, learn to care”

 Pulford’s Aims

As a first school, we recognise the crucial role we play at the start of your child’s education. We aim to:

•    help every child reach their full potential in all aspects of development without  losing  sight  of their individuality

•   help children learn and develop skills through experience, creative activities, experiment and discovery

•  provide an atmosphere of trust, understanding and affection, in which children can enjoy a sense of security and develop self-discipline

•  develop children’s ability to live and work together, and to value their own and others’ unique contributions to the school community

•   work in partnership with parents to encourage children to develop positive attitudes and values.

In all we do, we strive to work within our mission and ethos statements:

Mission Statement

“God’s family, through faith, hope and love, dedicated to realising the potential of each person”.

Ethos Statement

“Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.

The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice.  It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils”.

Equal opportunities

We are committed to pursuing equal opportunities in all aspects of school life. Discrimination of any sort is not expected or tolerated in the school.

The school is aware of the ‘Access to work’ scheme and of Central Bedfordshire LA disability equality scheme. Pulford School is an equal opportunities employer. Due to the nature of our site on four levels, the Leadership Team and Governors are aware of the difficulty that these may cause people with certain disabilities and have a disability accessibility plan to address these. Recent developments include: a new hall porch with sloping floor; a disabled toilet and changing room; a ramp from the main gates to the playground as well as an adjoining ramp from the external classroom doors to the playground.

The buildings and site

The children are taught in bright, airy classrooms which are situated in a traditional stone-built school house, as well as in a new class room block. We are continually improving and modernising our buildings to accommodate pupils’ changing needs. Over the last decade substantial improvements have been made to provide a truly 21st Century learning environment.

Our refurbished ICT suite, interactive whiteboards and projectors, which feature in all classrooms, enable the school to provide a stimulating, leading-edge learning environment.

Outside we have a large playing field with adventure play equipment, and several areas of hard-surface playground. Children enjoy sitting in the quiet area and relaxing on the benches built around trees. The fenced pond and a ‘wild area’ provide a variety of habitats for local wildlife, with plenty of interest for nature lovers.

At the south end of the field we have our Forest School. This is where we use our beautiful outdoor environment to bring the science curriculum to life.

Church and School

“The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Pulford VA Lower School as a Church of England School is outstanding.” (SIAS 2011)

Pulford’s aims are grounded in the Christian faith, which underpins every aspect of the education that we offer to our pupils. The Church is also involved in the life of the school in very practical ways. The Diocese of St Albans helps to fund essential maintenance and building projects. The team rector of All Saints is a school governor, and two more governors are appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education. Members of the All Saints clergy team and other local Christian ministers contribute to worship, and twice each term the whole school worships at All Saints Church. Families are warmly invited to join us.

Pulford in the community

“School leaders’ strong and clearly articulated vision for ‘a church school for the whole community’ has resulted in high quality outreach opportunities, enabling local community schools to benefit through the ‘Excellence in RE’ project.” (SIAMS 2016)

Pulford School takes every opportunity to play an active part in the wider community and has links with schools both in this country and across the world.

The school council play an active role in the community.

The children sing at local events and functions, and join Christian congregations around the town for their Sunday worship. The maypole dancers are featured at events such as the town May Day Fair and we regularly provide entertainment and tea parties for our local retired community.

How the school is run

Pulford is run by its staff and governing body, who work with parents and pupils to make the school a nurturing, stimulating place to learn.

The school governing body includes representatives from the church, school staff, local authority, town council and parents. “The governing body plays a good part in driving improvements and contributing to the school’s strategic direction. It has a good overview of strengths and weaknesses that enable it to hold the school to account.” (Ofsted 2010)

Pre-school Unit

This flourishing unit was established in 2011.  It comprises of two open plan rooms equipped with the latest in Early Years Education toys, games, puzzles and exciting ICT provision.  It also has an interconnecting outside area with the reception classes.  It is amply staffed and over-subscribed. The Pre-school admits children after their third birthday. New intakes are welcomed each term.  For admissions criteria please check the relevant admissions policy on the school website.

The uniform is similar to the main school. Parents may choose afternoon or morning sessions.

The Pre-school children are outside the current legislation for universal free school meals, however we are able to provide a school lunch if parents wish.

The lead teacher for the Pre-school and the EYFS is Mrs Catherine Kirk.

‘Little Saints’, is the name given to our before and after school club and it is open from 7:30 – 9 am and 3:30 – 5:30pm which offers wrap around care if required.

The school curriculum

Pulford’s curriculum aims to provide pupils with a broad and balanced education, in line with the National Curriculum (2014). It is agreed with the school Governors, who regularly and closely monitor our standards.

“Excellent work by the school’s leaders, particularly in managing teaching and learning, has driven improvements extremely well since the last inspection and particularly over the last year. The school’s many existing strengths have been built upon very well. As a result, it now provides an outstanding education. Pupils make excellent progress and attain high standards because of outstanding teaching.” Ofsted 2010

At Pulford, about 70% of our learning is covered by the National Curriculum. Our complete curriculum is designed to provide a broad and balanced education, but above all to bring together excellence and enjoyment:

“Children learn better when they are excited and engaged – but what excites and engages them best is truly excellent teaching, which challenges them and shows them what they can do. When there is joy in what they are doing, they learn to love learning”.

Charles Clarke – former Secretary of State for Education

The National Curriculum specifies five stages during a child’s schooling (aged 4+ – 16).  Pulford covers the end of Foundation Stage, all of Key Stage 1 and the first two years of Key Stage 2:

AGE                      KEY STAGE

3  –  5 years         Early Years Foundation Stage

5  –  7 years         Key Stage 1

7  –  11 years       Key Stage 2

The Early Years Foundation Stage includes six areas of learning: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication, Literacy, Mathematical Development, Understanding of the World, Physical Development and Expressive Arts. “Excellent teaching and an outstanding curriculum support children’s excellent progress.” (Ofsted 2010)

Key Stages 1 & 2 include the following subjects:

English, Mathematics, Science, Design and Technology, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music, Information and Communication Technology, Computing, Physical Education and Games, and Religious Education.

For each subject, Programmes of Study set out what pupils should be taught. Pupils’ progress is assessed by teachers using a variety of methods. At the end of each Key Stage, standards of pupils’ performance are described according to five levels of increasing difficulty. “Pupils make excellent progress and attain high standards because of outstanding teaching. They thoroughly enjoy both social and academic aspects of school, and their behaviour is excellent. A varied and exciting curriculum promotes both their achievement and their enjoyment of learning” (Ofsted 2010).

In addition, cross-curricular themes, dimensions and skills have been identified, for example: Citizenship, Environmental Education, Personal Health and Social Education (PHSE) and Equality of Opportunity. The children often have the opportunity to visit places of interest: such visits have included the library, our park, Whipsnade Zoo, Milton Keynes and Bedford Museums.

We offer a four day residential opportunity to children in year 4. This takes place during the Easter holiday when we travel to Snowdonia for a range of exciting outdoor adventurous activities.

Core Subjects

MATHEMATICS

Mathematics is a daily feature of class work. It is taught in line with the New Primary National Curriculum, using a variety of teaching styles and a wide range of practical and creative activities.  Whilst a planned whole-school approach is taken, staff adapt their teaching according to the needs of individual children. The school follows the Central Bedfordshire calculation policy.

ENGLISH

English is also taught daily in line with New Primary National Curriculum. In the younger year groups the school follows the governments Letters and Sounds programme.  We also use the Sounds-Write phonic programme as the intervention strategy for older age groups. The importance of reading cannot be overestimated and we work in partnership with parents to promote good reading habits. In school, there are guided reading groups led by the class teacher or teaching assistant. At home, children can use the reading scheme material with their parents. A Home-School Reading log ensures a flow of information about reading progress. Our carefully structured, whole school approach to teaching handwriting and phonics ensures consistency and continuity from Foundation Stage to Year 4.

SCIENCE

Science is taught in line with the New Primary National Curriculum. Practical and investigative work is key to successful science teaching and learning. Children are encouraged to work scientifically by asking questions, hypothesising, identifying, classifying, observing and designing ‘fair tests’. We maintain good levels of specialist materials and equipment to support science teaching (although old drink cans, plastic bottle tops and cardboard boxes are found at the heart of many a good investigation!).

As children progress, practical work is extended into recording so that the true ‘scientific method’ is developed and established. The school has embraced outdoor learning and much of the science teaching is conducted in the outdoor classroom.

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) AND COMPUTING

The entire school is networked with broadband, filtered, internet access throughout.  Our ICT suite is equipped with 16 PCs loaded with an identical array of the most up to date, high quality software.  In addition, we also have 15 laptops for children to ensure individual access for an entire class; or shared access within the classroom setting.  Access to the suite plays an important part of education, from the Foundation Stage upwards in order that they learn the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to utilise ICT across the entire curriculum to enhance their learning.  There is an interactive whiteboard in every class which is used with enthusiasm.

The New Primary National Curriculum programmes of study for computing are followed. The aims of this are that children: can understand and apply the fundamental principles of computer science; can analyse problems in computational terms; can evaluate and analyse IT to solve problems; are E-safety aware and are responsible, confident and creative users of ICT.

Foundation or Non-Core Subjects

The New Primary National Curriculum programmes of study support our teaching in all other curriculum areas.  These are:

Art and Design

Design and Technology (DT)

Geography

History

Computing

Foreign Language

Music

Physical Education and Games (PE)

As part of the PE curriculum, Year 4 children attend weekly swimming lessons at Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre.

In Key Stage One many of these subjects are taught through a topic based approach.

Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) – this is taught in our classes through the ‘Values’ education programme as well as circle time.

The Forest School is a relatively new initiative at Pulford which the school has embraced wholeheartedly. It covers the 6 Key areas, developing in the children a respect and awareness of the natural world and empowering them to take responsibility for their learning as well as developing their self-esteem, self-confidence and independence. Outdoor learning is a key theme in the New Primary curriculum programmes of study for science and much of the science teaching at Pulford takes place in the ‘Forest Area’.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (RE) AND COLLECTIVE WORSHIP

As a church school, we offer RE as a basic component of the curriculum.  RE is taught in accordance with the Bedfordshire Agreed Syllabus together with guidance from the Diocese. “Pupils are inspired by RE, both by the creative, cross curricular way in which it is taught, but also through the excellent opportunities that the school provides through an impressive programme of visits and visitors.  These reinforce the pupils’ appreciation of the importance of belief and worship practices, not only in a variety of Christian denominations, but also within the Jewish and Islamic faiths.” (SIAMS 2016)

Each day there two acts of collective worship, one for Early Years and the other for years 1-4. At Pulford this is always a Christian act of worship. “Collective worship is clearly engaging and inspirational for the whole school community and it is owned by all as a very special part of the school day.” (SIAMS 2016).  Each week a member of the All Saints clergy team attends and leads our worship often using the ‘Value’ for that month as a theme.

As an outstanding church school, Pulford takes a lead role in promoting exciting RE learning opportunities across the town.  Using All Saints Church as a visually and spiritually inspiring learning space we offer various interactive experiences throughout the year.  This year we have offered a Harvest, Christmas and Easter trail which has been attended by over 1,000 children.

Parents have a statutory right to withdraw their children from collective worship and RE lessons.

SEX EDUCATION

Sex education as a subject is taught in other settings at Key Stage 3. At Pulford it is approached in an age appropriate way through science and life- cycles of animals and plants.  Children’s questions are dealt with sensitively and in a way appropriate to their age. We believe that the best and most effective sex education takes place within a loving and supportive family environment, and is rightly the shared responsibility and privilege of school, parents and carers.

MUSIC

Pulford has a very strong music focus. We have recorder groups and enthusiastic singers who sing a variety of traditional and modern music – we perform outside school, at our church services and to visitors.

All specialist instrumental teaching is provided by Inspiring Music within a common framework. Currently we are able to offer tuition for the following instruments: violin, cello and recorders. There are fees for this service.

HOME LEARNING

Home Learning (otherwise known as homework!) is an essential part of children’s learning. It is done at home with parents and carers, and may include: collecting artefacts to support curriculum work, reading, learning spellings and tables, maths tasks, research (perhaps using the local library or a supervised/filtered internet  facility where available), or other activities initiated by the children. The Learning Platform is an important tool in home learning. It is a safe ‘garden’ in which children can learn on-line. Each class has different materials tailored to their learning. The children are encouraged to be responsible users of the internet and follow e-safety guidance.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

(LUNCHTIME, AFTER-SCHOOL, SATURDAY and HOLIDAY CLUBS)

Extra-Curricular activities vary based upon demand.  Activities currently available to pupils are

•             Maypole(Year 3 and 4)

•             Wildlife club

•             Science club (Year 4)

•             Sport activities

•             French and Spanish(La Jolie Ronde)

•             Chess club

•             Recorder club

•             Drama club (Year 4)

•             Pulford Paper (Year 4) and/or Book Reading club (all year groups)

There are small charges for some of these and if you wish to know about current availability and rates, please ask in the school office.

Visitors to the school include Bedfordshire Youth Opera and Theatre Groups, other theatre groups, poets, authors, storytellers, faith representatives, multicultural dance groups, members of the retired community, parents with specialised skills and knowledge and top national instrumentalists.

Pupils with special educational needs (SEND)

Sound provision is made for all children with special educational needs according to our Learning Support Policy. This is updated regularly and the school has taken into account the 2014 legislation and subsequent LA changes in guidance. The school publishes its SEND overview on this website. There is a governor appointed for SEND who meets termly with the school’s Special Educational Needs and Disability  Co-ordinator (SENDCo). “The school’s excellent understanding of individuals’ personal needs ensures that everyone is fully included in school life. Great care is taken to make sure that any pupils whose circumstances make them vulnerable get a high level of personal support, tailored to their specific needs, making very good use of a range of external agencies when needed.”(Ofsted 2010).

We aim to identify children with special needs as early as possible, through teacher observation and assessment.

Children with Statements (Statement of Special Educational Need) or the new EHC plan ( Education and Health care plan)  have their own additional budget, which is used for extra adult support within the school and for special equipment geared to an individual child’s particular needs.

Colleagues from external support agencies provided within the Local Authority, including our Educational Psychologist, make visits for consultation when appropriate.

Children who do not have a Statement/EHC, but who require additional support, are monitored closely. Extra help is given by the class teacher and teaching assistant with advice from the school’s SENDCo.

The progress of all children with special educational needs is reviewed termly with their parents.

Gifted and talented children

Children who demonstrate exceptional gifts or talents are encouraged and nurtured. Most needs are catered for within Quality First Teaching. Occasionally advice is sought form Leighton Middle School for exceptional pupils in Year 4. Where possible, opportunities are given to whole classes, such as the Pulford Paper. Occasionally special opportunities arise for individuals or small groups which include: problem solving days in the Forest Area; days at other schools and the annual Fiddle Fiesta. Children also have the opportunity to be involved in school council and the Pulford Paper.

Pastoral Care

We believe our pastoral care to be one of our key strengths. “Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent. They consider moral issues thoughtfully, and are very respectful of other’s opinions and beliefs. They form very positive relationships with other pupils and with staff, and are extremely caring about each other. They have exceptionally good collaborative skills.” (Ofsted 2010). The School prioritises the welfare needs of all its pupils, in partnership with parents.

Parents and the families of Pulford children form a close relationship with the School and play an active part in its life – often through the work of the PTA (Parent Teacher Association). In turn, we aim to complement the care given to children at home in our role as teachers ‘in loco parentis’. We regularly talk about ‘the Pulford Family’ and share a pride in this recognition of our work.

Parents are encouraged to speak informally to the teaching staff at the end of the school day about any concerns. They may also want to make an appointment with the deputy head teacher or at a later stage, and if appropriate, the head teacher. Parents are signposted to various help groups, such as the Parent Partnership, as appropriate. Please do make the school aware of anything that is likely to affect your child’s progress or welfare.

Health issues

If your child becomes unwell at school, we will contact you immediately. You will be notified about injuries according to our first aid policy.   Medicines are administered according to our Medicines Policy.  A qualified First Aider is on site at all times.

Involving parents and pupils

Parent and pupil involvement is of the utmost importance to us at Pulford, we view excellent communication as a must. “There are excellent systems that ensure parents and carers are involved in the life of the school and in their children’s learning. They are consulted regularly about aspects of school life and their views have a strong impact on decision making.” (Ofsted 2010).

Formally, there is a parents’ evening each term for you to consult with your child’s teacher, sometimes this will be on a more informal basis when parents and their children look at work together.  A written report on progress is made annually, in the summer term.

More informally, we welcome discussion about your child whenever you feel the need.  The head teacher is also available informally or by appointment.

Parent and community volunteers are warmly welcomed and assist in many different ways: for example changing reading books, helping in the library, with displays, in the office, gardening and maintenance days or helping in class.

The Parent Teachers’ Association (PTA)

The PTA makes a huge contribution to Pulford.  It helps us to purchase items for the children’s education which we otherwise could not afford.  The PTA operates independently from the day-to-day running of the school, but in close consultation with staff.

Although parents automatically join the PTA when their children start at Pulford, just how you get involved is entirely up to you. The PTA has a core committee of parents and teachers but many more enjoy helping out in other ways. The possibilities are endless – running stalls at events, impersonating Santa, preparing food, selling raffle tickets, coming up with fundraising ideas, seeking sponsorship from employers, donating goods and offering financial help.

The main thing to stress about FUNdraising is that the emphasis is on FUN! Regular events include Bonfire Night, Christmas Bazaar, Inter-school Football Festival & Fun Day,  raffles, quiz nights, Pulford merchandise, second-hand uniforms, dances and much more……. We hope you’ll feel inspired to join the PTA in any way that you can, sharing in the fun and rewards of being part of the Pulford Family.

The School Day

The children assemble inside the school gate by 8.50 a.m., and come into school through their external classroom doors.

The school day runs from 8.55 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. with morning and lunch breaks. Children can eat a healthy cooked lunch prepared in our own school kitchen or bring a packed lunch. All children in Key Stage One are entitled to a free school lunch.

Lunchtime

Early Years                                         12.00 -12.30pm

Key Stage 1                                       12.00 – 1.30 p.m.

Key Stage 2                                       12.15 – 1.30 p.m.

The total amount of time spent on teaching during a normal week is:

Early Years & KS1                  22.5 hours

KS2                                          23.75 hours

LITTLE SAINTS – PULFORD’S BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CLUB

Little Saints is an extension of the Pulford Family and is run with the same Christian ethos and values as found throughout Pulford. It runs in the morning from 7.30am until 8.50 am and after school from 3.30pm – 5.30pm.  Children enjoy a variety of daily activities that fit in with the National Curriculum but with the emphasis on having fun.

The cost of the club is £3.00 for every hour or part of the hour.  Breakfast can be purchased as an optional extra.

TAKING CHILDREN OUT DURING THE SCHOOL DAY

Parents must report to the school office if they need to collect children during the school day for medical or other appointments. Children must be signed in and out.

ABSENCE AND LATENESS

Occasionally children become unwell and so cannot attend school. A telephone call on the first day of illness is helpful followed up in writing when the child returns to school so that it can be authorised.  We encourage punctuality to minimise disruption and maximise learning. We cannot authorise holidays during term time unless there is an exceptional reason. The head teacher has discretionary powers to authorise a holiday only in exceptional circumstances eg parents who are in the armed forces.

 THE ‘SCHOOL RULES’

The rules of the school are simple. They require each child to show care, courtesy and consideration at all times, and to strive to ensure the well-being of others – both in school and in the wider community. A simple Code of Behaviour, as outlined in our Discipline and Behaviour Policy, between pupils, parents and the school  is generally enough  to ensure appropriate behaviour throughout the school. In exceptional circumstance sanctions are applied as laid out in the behaviour policy.

ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS

Prospective parents are warmly invited to visit and see the school in action. The staff  will offer you a guided tour of the school so that you can experience first-hand what we have to offer and to absorb the atmosphere in which our children learn for yourself.

The school has no catchment area. Admission is by application and children attend from all areas of the town and its local villages.

The main school can accommodate a maximum of 45 pupils in each of its  year groups. In KS1 this means mixed classes of Year 1 and 2.  By Autumn 2016, KS2 will be mixed classes of Year 3 and 4.

For further details please see our admissions policy which is located on the Pulford website.

What OfSTED says about us…

The school was last inspected on 30th November and 1st December 2010. Because we are a church school we were also inspected by a Diocesan inspector.  Our most recent SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) inspection was on the 2nd February 2016. The full Ofsted report is available on the Ofsted website at www.ofsted.gov.uk. If you would like a copy of this document in a different format, such as large print or Braille, please telephone 0300 1234 234, or email enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk

Both reports are available by e-mail or in hard copy from the school. Quotes from the reports have been used throughout the prospectus.

Some highlights from the Ofsted report are:

“Excellent work by the school’s leaders, particularly in managing teaching and learning, has driven improvements extremely well since the last inspection and particularly over the last year. The school’s many existing strengths have been built upon very well. As a result, it now provides an outstanding education. “

“Pupils make excellent progress and attain high standards because of outstanding teaching. They thoroughly enjoy both social and academic aspects of school, and their behaviour is excellent.”

“ A varied and exciting curriculum promotes both their achievement and their enjoyment of learning. The school’s strong academic success is matched by pupils’ outstanding personal development. This results from excellent care, guidance and support. The school is a thriving and extremely cohesive community, where boys and girls from different backgrounds play and work together very well. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent. They consider moral issues thoughtfully, and are very respectful of other’s opinions and beliefs. They form very positive relationships with other pupils and with staff, and are extremely caring about each other. They have exceptionally good collaborative skills…… There is a strong link with a community in Kenya, and visitors from a range of backgrounds enhance pupils’ understanding.”

“Pupils feel happy and safe in school because they have confidence that the staff will look after and care for them.”

“High quality teaching and learning are based on very positive relationships, and high expectations of both work and behaviour. Pupils try hard and successfully to meet these, and are very motivated by the positive feedback they get for their success. Teachers and other adults monitor progress extremely well during lessons, intervening very effectively to provide help where needed, but also challenging pupils to refine their work and take it to the next level….Very good use is made of the large number of skilled teaching assistants to provide extra help or challenge to groups or individuals who need it.”

“The curriculum provides pupils with an extensive range of interesting activities that strongly motivate them to learn. It is modified effectively to closely meet pupils’ different abilities and needs……A wide range of visits and visitors, and particular themed events such as the ‘Victorian day’, contribute to both enjoyment and learning.” “ The pastoral care provided for pupils is of a high quality, and underpins their excellent personal skills.”

“ In the Early Years Foundation Stage excellent teaching and an outstanding curriculum support children’s excellent progress. Adults are particularly skilled at monitoring and joining in children’s play…….. The setting is led and managed very effectively to maximise the use of the many extra adults who sometimes are available.”

Some highlights from the The Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools Report  (SIAMS)are:

“The school, through its distinctive Christian character, is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners”

“Parents interviewed spoke glowingly of the school’s inclusive approach to welcoming all the family and ensuring that they receive the benefits of, as one described, ‘a strong, Christ-centred community’.“

“In this school the distinctive Christian character shines through everything it communicates to families and those out in the wider community.  It really does live out on a daily basis the mission statement ‘God’s family through faith, hope and love, dedicated to realising the potential of each person’.  Christian values, such as love and compassion, are demonstrated through generous levels of charitable giving.  Importantly they are also evident through the small acts of kindness shown through ‘going the extra mile’ to support and help others who are experiencing difficult and challenging times.”

“Excellent levels of pastoral care and concern result in each child knowing that they are loved and valued as unique individuals made in God’s image.”

“All school leaders, including governors, clearly articulate a strong and unequivocal vision for ‘a church school for the whole community’.  The inclusive, caring and nurturing ethos permeates throughout the school, building consistently on the mission statement for ‘all to realise their potential’.  It welcomes those of all faiths or none with the same deep, sincere love and respect founded on Christian scripture and lived out daily through the personal witness of bother leaders and staff.”

“Through regular, high quality worship opportunities pupils know first-hand the joy of praising God through music, prayers and reflecting on Bible stories and texts. “

“The impact of Collective Worship on the school community is outstanding.”

“Pupils’ awareness of Christianity as a multi-cultural faith is strengthened through a link with a sponsored child in Kenya.”

The staff

Mr D Heather     (Headteacher) Health & Safety, ICT, assessment co-ordinator,                                               Music, Looked After Children & Child Protection – nominated person.

Mrs T Rees         (Deputy Headteacher) SENDCO, G&T,  WILLOW

PRE-SCHOOL

Mrs S Major  Pre-School Play leader, First Aid Co-ordinator

Mrs B Crockett Pre-School Play leader

Mrs J Herbert Pre-School/Little Saints Assistant

Mrs J Young Pre-School/Little Saints Assistant

EARLY YEARS

Mrs C Kirk  Early Years Foundation Stage Lead,  DT SILVER BIRCH

Miss H Grinyer  OAK

Mrs S Marchant  Nursery Nurse SILVER BIRCH

KEY STAGE 1

Mrs A Flynn RE, History HORSE CHESTNUT

Mrs J Siddle Science HORSE CHESTNUT/JUNIPER

Mrs  M Quick Modern foreign languages, Art  WILLOW

Miss S O’Neill    ELM

KEY STAGE 2

Mrs R Horsfield   PSHE CHERRY BLOSSOM

Mrs L Borrelli       RE Outreach Co-ordinator CHERRY BLOSSOM

Mr B Webb          Literacy  JUNIPER

Mrs J Cox           Numeracy, Geography BEECH

Mrs T Youngs      BEECH

TEACHING ASSISTANTS

Mrs J Bailey          Mrs S Bunn            Mrs N Dominguez

Mrs K Gregory    Mrs K Keen (and Little Saints)       Miss A McGahey

Mrs A Norwood     Mrs G Nurden      Mrs M Perkins       Miss K Waterhouse

FOREST SCHOOL

Mrs V Heather    Mrs C Morris

LUNCHTIME SUPERVISORS

Mrs S Dixon          Senior Lunchtime Supervisor (and Little Saints)

Mr G Lathwell

Mrs S Mitchell

Mrs D Redfern

Miss C Redford

Mrs G Robinson

Mrs K Robinson

Mrs C Scanlon

Mr P Wilkinson (and Little Saints)

Mrs S Young (and Little Saints)

ADMINISTRATION

Mrs T Barnes      Business Manager

Mrs  A Quick       Office Manager

Mrs A Godden    Administration Assistant

KITCHEN & SITE

Mrs L Nelson      Kitchen Manager

Ms G Jasvilante  Kitchen Assistant / Cleaner

Mrs C Tyler         Kitchen Assistant / Cleaner

Mrs G Jasvilene  Cleaner

LITTLE SAINTS (after school provision)

Mr D Hinchliff     Little Saints Assistant Play leader

Mr P Wilkinson   Little Saints Assistant Play leader

THE SCHOOL UNIFORM

Pulford’s uniform is smart, bright and simple. It is designed to be as practical and inexpensive as possible, to ensure a smart appearance and to empower parents when choosing clothes with their children.

UNIFORM:

White polo shirt

Grey school trousers

Grey knee-length skirts or knee-length pinafore dresses

Gold sweatshirts/gold cardigan with logo (ordered through the PTA)

Yellow summer dresses in stripes or gingham

Socks – plain and in school colours

Shoes – black, brown or navy (no platform soles, high heels, open toes, jelly-shoes or sling-backs or any other footwear that in the view of the head teacher would pose a health and safety hazard). Wellington boots are occasionally needed on wet or snowy days.

For Forest School – Wellington boots, waterproof trousers and coat, hat and gloves.

Underwear – sensible cotton pants and vests. (Please do not send children to school wearing any kind of fashion or other inappropriate underwear).

Long hair – regardless of gender, must be tied back.

PE KIT:

Plain yellow round necked tee-shirt (available from the PTA)

Plain black shorts (not lycra)

Black slip-on plimsolls

Black or grey tracksuit

All children must have a named PE bag for their kit.

All items of clothing must be named. A lost property box is retained in the main entrance. At the end of each half term, all unclaimed clothing is disposed of.

Jewellery and other fashion accessories may NOT be worn apart from plain studs which need to be removed or taped over for PE.

The PTA has a supply of book bags with the school logo, which are useful for keeping books in good order and carrying them between home and school.

TERM DATES

For details of term dates and holidays please contact the school office, look at our regular UPDATE newsletter or check our DIARY DATES tab on this website.

CONTACTING THE SCHOOL 

Please make all initial enquiries and appointments with Mrs Alison Quick, the school’s Office Manager.

You can contact her at:

Pulford Church of England V. A. Lower School

Pulford Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 1AB

Tel: 01525 372188

Fax: 01525 378984

Email: office@pulford.cbeds.co.uk

Website: www.pulford.beds.sch.uk