A little bit about us…
Halam Church of England Primary School (VC)
We are a small rural, but very active, village primary school with a catchment of Edingly and Halam and in 2019/20 our numbers total 90 pupils. Subject to numbers within school each year, we also welcome children from a much wider catchment area. We are an all-inclusive school with a passion for encouraging our children to become independent and effective learners in all areas of their life. We manage this through delivering a fun and engaging curriculum within a Christian ethos that is underpinned by our 5 finger Christian values.
Our Vision Statement - 'Life in all its Fullness'
'Life in all its fullness' - to create a school where everyone is motivated to achieve their full potential within a Christian and caring environment.
Aims and values of our school
We abide by a set of 5 Christian based values (chosen by pupils, staff, governors and parents). Ofsted 2017 said ‘These are well understood by pupils and help to make the school a harmonious and inclusive place to learn’. They ensure we achieve our vision of creating a school where everyone is motivated to achieve their full potential within a Christian and caring environment. The children incorporate these values in everything they do in and around school (and when out in the community):
We aim that children take care of each other, themselves and take care in everything they do. "Let all that you do be done in Love" (1 Cor: 16)
Ofsted 2017 stated ‘pupils clearly take a pride in their work and produce work of a high standard’.
We aim that children show integrity by doing the right thing, even when nobody is looking, fostering an attitude of mutual respect. "Do to others as you would have them do to you" (Luke 6:31 )
We aim for all children to demonstrate perseverance in their learning, show a love of learning, show perseverance in relationships and in facing any problems. We encourage children to approach new challenges with confidence and be innovative in their learning. "Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap our reward, if we do not give up" (Gal 6:9)
We aim that children aspire to be the best that they can be in all areas of school ife and support others to do the same. Every child is working towards profound personal development and we celebrate their achievements. "Life in all its fullness" (John 10:10) Ofsted 2017 said ‘High expectations are evident throughout the school and all members of the school community aspire to excellence’
We aim to ensure behaviour is outstanding and that children understand what it means to be kind and show kindness and compassion to others. We develop caring and close links with the local community, parents, governors and church. "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." (Eph 4:32) Ofsted 2017 said Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. Consequently, there is a purposeful atmosphere where everyone strives to do his or her best.
These values are based on the Church of England’s four cornerstones in their vision for education: wisdom, hope, community and dignity
Our 5 distinctly Christian values form the basis of the school’s behaviour and reward procedures and are displayed prominently in the school. Children are taught about the Christian background to these values through class sessions and whole school collective worship. Ofsted 2017 said behaviour at Halam is ‘exemplary’.
We have two year groups within each class (apart from Foundation), but this is subject to change annually, dependent on numbers of pupils in each year group.
In the academic year 2019/20 our class structure is as follows:
Cherry –Reception, Year 1 and Year 2
Class teacher: Mrs Hammond
TA: Mrs Robson, Miss Hill
Maple – Years 3 and 4
Class Teacher: Mrs Montgomery
TA: Mrs Sissons
Oak – Years 5 and 6
Class Teacher: Mrs Francis
TA: Mrs McCracken
In addition to Halam members of staff, we regularly welcome a range of parents and other volunteers into the class to support the children with their learning. Do please ask your class teacher if you would like to come in and support children with activities such as reading.
School follows the national curriculum brought out in 2014. Where possible we aim to give children experiences that relate to their subject areas e.g. residential visits to support PSHE or we bring in outside providers to provide one off special events days such as experiencing what it is like to be a Roman or Egyptian. Further details of curriculum content can be found on class pages and under curriculum within information.
School Session Times
School will begin with a bell at 8.50am
Lunchtime is from 12.00 until 1.00pm
The afternoon session ends at 3.25pm
We ask that parents arrive promptly to collect and deliver their children. Children should arrive between 8.40am and 8.45am
Wrap around care
Children can be dropped at school from 7.00am to join our ‘Breakfast Club’. At the close of the school day they can join our ‘Tea Club’ where we charge by the hour and they can stay from 3.30 to 4.30 or through until 5.30pm. At present we have the flexibility to take some children on the day, although notice is of course preferred so that we can provide effective provision.
The variety of clubs changes half-termly. We always provide a multi-sports club for key stage one and foundation combined, and key stage two. In addition, the type of clubs at Halam include badminton, art, recorders, Magic maths, table tennis, archery and worship. Music provision ranges from drums to cornet and clarinet – we can provide lessons for any instrument. Clubs are extremely popular and our breadth of provision ties in with our ethos of wanting every child to reach their full potential and with John 10:10 ‘Life in all its fullness’.
The Governing Body
All Governors have equal status on our governing body. We have many roles within the school but the main ones include:
As a 'critical friend’, we try to ask useful questions in order to gain a greater understanding of the school and to create an environment in which continuous improvements can be made.
The Governing Body
A vital part of the Governing body's role is to support, challenge and monitor how effective the school is. We evaluate this based on documentation and reports received at regular meetings, as well as from undertaking our own school-based observations.
Mr Basten (Chair of Governors )
Mr. Clay (Vice Chair)
Mr. Walker (Head Teacher/Staff Governor)
Mrs. McCracken (Staff Governor)
Mr. Nichols (Co-opted Governor)
Mr Whitaker (Parent Governor)
Mr Paris (Chair of Finance)
None of the current Governors have a declared 'Declaration of Interest/Register of Business Interests'.
The Full Governing Body meets once a term. The work is managed by different committees, which also meet once a term.
Based on their particular skills, knowledge and abilities, every Governor has been given certain responsibilities & will sit for two of the committees listed below.
Curriculum & Pupils Committee
Dealing mainly with pupil progress, attainment & curriculum review.
Finance & General Purpose & Personnel Committee
Overseeing financial & staff matters
Reviews annual increments. Members of the committee are Mr Basten, Mr. Paris and Head Teacher.
A sub-committee which works closely with the breakfast and after-school coordinator and looks at all services provided at school outside of normal school hours. Individual governors also have responsibility to monitor safeguarding, special educational needs and health & safety amongst others.
As a governing body, we welcome any ideas and suggestions you may have, to help us to communicate more effectively.
Good communication and information is vital to the on-going development and improvement of the school. If you have something you wish to bring to the Governors' attention, there are several ways you can get in touch:
Please do look at our class pages for everything that goes on day-to-day at Halam School. You will be surprised by how much we fit in to each day!
Please do give us a call if you would like to visit our school.
The Halam Team