The school doors open at 08:50, class registration is completed by 09:00 hrs. Attendance is a very important issue for us at Dean Field. We expect children to be in school, on time and in the right frame of mind to get the most out of their learning opportunities. Absences must be reported to school on the first day, when school begins.
However, we recognise that children and their families can have difficulties. To help out, our Home School Liaison Officer, can offer a range of practical support (breakfast club) and is also a point of contact for more in-depth help.
Behaviour policy with home school learning agreement
Every child is issued with our school learning agreement which outlines our school behaviour expectations and how Dean Field addresses poor behaviour. This agreement must be returned to the school after being signed by parents/carers. View Key Information - Policies.
Pupils are welcome to have a cooked meal from our 5 star catering staff prepared on site. You may wish for your child to bring a packed lunch, we ask that no glass bottles or fizzy drinks are sent in. Both take lunch in the canteen together and are welcome to sit with friends. School dinners are payable 1 week in advance. If your child is eligible for free school meals please apply to the local authority, you will be charged if we haven’t received confirmation. Your child may return home for lunch if that is your wish.
A school uniform of a royal blue sweatshirt or cardigan with the Dean Field logo is strongly encouraged along with trousers or skirt which can be worn in black or grey. Sensible flat shoes in black are encouraged. A light blue polo top with school logo is recommended. [School uniform flyer-click here].
PE kit is blue shorts with a plain white Pique top. Outdoor kit can include tracksuit bottoms in black and trainers suitable for sporting activity. Children from year 3 onwards will attend swimming, therefore, trunks or costume and towel should be brought, swim caps and goggles are optional.
Pupils are permitted to wear 1 wrist watch and 1 pair of stud earrings, there will be no exceptions to this policy, and pupils must cover up the earrings during PE or remove them.
All uniform, including shoes and bags must be labelled with the Childs name and class; this helps us to return items in lost property. The school is not responsible for items lost or stolen.
School uniform helps reduce the pressure on parents to buy expensive designer clothes as well as the likelihood of children to be bullied as a result of what they are wearing. School uniform helps give pupils pride in their school, and make them ambassadors for their school in the community.
Special education needs
We aim to support pupils experiencing special educational needs. Funding is provided by the Local Authority for statemented children to receive help from our teaching assistants.
Dean Field uses the Local Authority’s support services and adheres to the Code of Practice for Special Education Needs. We regularly inform and update parents, meetings are held in school and both teaching and support staff deliver individual education provision.
What our governing body does
When do the governors meet?
Our governors meet at least once each term as a full governing body. They have chosen to meet as committees which individually cover; Resources, Teaching Learning & Assessment, Pupil Welfare, Continuous Improvement, Personnel Incl. HT Appraisal, Discipline & Grievance (including Complaints Committee), Appeals. Each member submits a 'skills' form and chooses the area of work, in which they feel they have the most to offer. These committees report back to full governing body meetings.
The Chair of Governors and/or the Clerk to the Governing Body can be contacted through the school either in writing or by telephone.
Our foundation team are currently working with innovations, who offer childcare from 0-5. We hope that the children at Innovations will enrol at Dean Field for their primary education; therefore the links that have been established will help to ensure a smooth transition.
Joining our school
If you would like to register your child at Dean Field, you can obtain a form from the school office or the local education authority at Northgate House, Halifax, or book online.
Online Primary School Admission form...www.calderdale.gov.uk/admissions
Ofsted Parent View...Parent View gives you the chance to tell Ofsted what you think about your child’s school [Click here] and express your opinion.
Curriculum Design, Planning and Delivery
Work for children in foundation stage will be planned around the areas of learning and experience. Foundation stage will also recognise the future requirements of KS1 of the National Curriculum and the needs of the individual child.
Within KS1 & 2 there is an emphasis on the core subjects of English and mathematics which are taught as separate subjects, with a greater emphasis on Science than on other foundation subjects. Computing is taught both as a separate subject and through other curriculum areas, it is also used to support other curriculum areas.
Homework is seen as a joint venture between home and school, and therefore parents are asked/encouraged to read daily with their child at home. Other homework tasks are set. A homework policy which sets out our aims is in place. Open days are held and parents are encouraged to come along and see how their child learns, we believe this helps learning at home to be consistent.
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