School Policies and Documents

School Policies documents available for download.   Print copies of all website information is available on request, further information is available here.

Ash Church of England Primary School Prospectus.

Documents giving general guidance for parents on the operation of the school.

Documents giving details of how we teach Numeracy within the school.

Documents giving details of how we teach Literacy within the school.

Planning information for teaching throughout the school.

 

Awareness, Mystery and Value 2019 - New RE syllabus for Somerset Schools

During the Summer term of 2019 Somerset SACRE will be formally launching a revised Religious Education Syllabus for implementation in the Autumn term 2019.

While schools have overwhelmingly welcomed the introduction of the new assessment objectives, we know that the retention of the old statutory units of study has created a problem for schools. Put simply, the old units of study are not fulfilling the assessment objectives. While we did undertake an audit of the units of study during the last review, we acknowledge that their use creates an imbalance in the achievement of the objectives: some areas of the assessment objectives are covered extensively, while others are barely touched. This undermines the principles of the syllabus.

Schools have also complained that the new exemplars follow the old units of study instead of explicitly meeting the requirement of the new assessment objectives.

The problem is not with any of the changes introduced at the syllabus review, but with what we did not change - the old units of study.

While this difficulty is present for all our schools, it is compounded for church schools by the introduction of Understanding Christianity, a resource of classroom materials to teach about Christianity. The requirement to follow both the assessment objectives and units of study; and to also use the Understanding Christianity resource, has proven unnecessarily difficult for schools. One of guiding principles for the syllabus review was not to burden schools with more work.

SACRE has therefore agreed that from summer 2019 we:

  1. Remove the old units of work from the syllabus completely.
  2. Ensure that future planning will be based around the statutory "Essential Core" beliefs of the assessment document. This means that the exemplars will be re-written and trialed to ensure they meet the assessment objectives.
  3. We will also produce non-statutory programmes of study which are based on the assessment objectives, which will inform non-statutory long term plans.
  4. The balance of religions that must be taught at each Key Stage will remain unchanged, along with the use of Attainment targets 1&2.

Once this is done we will produce and share examples of pupil work, which can be used by schools during moderation. We know that sharing with staff and pupils ‘what a good one looks like’ can be invaluable in having higher expectations.

Given the extensive use of the Understanding Christianity resource, we will produce a document which identifies the links with the AMV assessment objectives.

Schools are invited to participate in the trialling and development of the new exemplar lessons.


Under the provisions of the Education Reform Act parents have a right to withdraw their children from R.E. Parents should discuss this with the Headteacher.

From 25 May 2018, the UK’s Data Protection Act 1998 has been replaced by a new law called the GDPR (the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016). This law governs how we collect, use and share people’s information and provides greater rights to individuals and control over how their information is handled by organisations, including schools.

Documents/letters and policies are available to inform you how we are complying with the new requirements.

Pupil Premium allocation, use and impact on attainment

At Ash Church of England Primary School, we believe 9% of children are entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) and 4% of children come from vulnerable groups. We have 5% of our children from service families. We use the pupil premium funding to run programmes to target all pupils who are disadvantaged or underachieving. We ensure that all children who are entitled benefit from the funding.

The impact on attainment is monitored by the Headteacher and reports are made to the Governing Body. In addition, the School Finance Officer monitors expenditure to show how the money has been spent.

The allocated funding received in pupil premium grant funding for 2017 – 2018 was £17,060 and in this academic year, 2018 – 2019, we expect to receive £33,320 in pupil premium grant funding. The main use of this money is to raise attainment. The way in which the money is used is to identify barriers to learning success, to devise and deliver solutions and to overcome them. We evaluate the impact and plan the next steps for the children involved. The analysis of data at the end of Key Stage 2 (Summer 2018) shows that the pupil premium children have made good progress measures value added from KS1 to KS2.

 

Please check the following link for news updates and information concerning home learning resources for you and your child - COVID-19 School Information.

 

A letter detailing new procedures to ensure the school can operate safely, to avoid Covid infection is available here.


The school will re-open for all year groups on September 7th 2020.   Full information of weekly activities will be provided once the school has re-opened.

 

The school day starts at 9.00am, lunch break is between 12.-1.10pm.  School finishing time, depends upon which year the child is in:

  • Reception / Year 1 / Year 2 - finish school at 3.10pm
  • Year 3-6 - finish school at 3.30pm.

Assemblies take place immediately after lunch in the main hall, as follows:

  • Monday - General Assembly
  • Tuesday - Music Assembly
  • Wednesday - Church Assembly
  • Thursday - Class Assembly
  • Friday - Praise Assembly

 

 

The 'Department of Education' Performance Tables for 2017/2018 are available for viewing here.

To view the most recent Ofsted report for the school, click here.