Kingham Primary School is an exceptional village school in an outstanding rural setting. The school looks out over a school garden, wild flower area and woodland, with a large playing field beyond.
With a Nursery class that accepts children from the age of three, the school has an annual admission of up to 30 children into the Reception class, progressing through six further classes from Year 1 to 6 up the age of eleven.
The school is funded through Oxfordshire County Council and offers places to children free of charge in line with the local authority admissions policy.
Highly regarded by parents, Kingham Primary School is rated as outstanding by Ofsted, the organisation responsible for the inspection of schools.
The headteacher and the senior leadership team have extensive experience and expertise in education. All the class teachers are supported by a highly capable team of teaching assistants.
A broad and balanced educational programme is provided in line with the National Curriculum, through termly themes that engage children and enable teachers to respond to their individual interests and needs.
Children receive music and sports tuition each week from external specialist teachers as a part of the school timetable. They also benefit from the support of a computing advisory teacher, special needs advisory teacher and the school special educational needs and disability co-ordinators.
Kingham Primary School is part of the Chipping Norton Partnership of Schools, or CNPS, which works closely together on a whole range of events, including sports tournaments, art and topic days, dance festivals and concerts.
As a result of this positive environment for teaching and learning, the children consistently achieve well above the national average at the end of the Foundation Stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two.
The children go on to a range of excellent secondary schools in the area, including The Chipping Norton School, Burford School, The Cotswold Academy, and the nearby independent Kingham Hill School.
The school office has a dedicated administrative team and a part-time school business manager, who is also clerk to the governing body.
The governors, including two parent governors, a staff governor, and co-opted governors appointed for their skills and expertise, provide strategic governance for the school.
The Kingham Primary School Association, or KPSA, is the charitable parent teacher organisation, which is very successful at raising funds for enrichment resources and activities for the children, while providing a social focus for the community.
Kingham Primary School is just off the village green at the edge of Kingham in West Oxfordshire. Kingham is four miles from the market town of Chipping Norton and six miles from Stow-on-the-Wold. It is 25 miles northwest of Oxford and has a direct train service to Oxford and London Paddington.
A traditional English village, Kingham has a 14th-century church, two pubs with restaurants of national reputation, a village shop and post office. It was recognised by The Sunday Times in 2016 as “The best place to live in the South East”.
The parish has a population of less than a thousand, but Kingham Primary School also serves surrounding villages, including nearby Churchill. The nearest town of Chipping Norton lies outside the officially designated area of the school, but the school admits children from a wide area, subject to the availability of places.
The surrounding Cotswolds countryside is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, the second largest protected landscape in England. The low rolling hills provide the honey-coloured limestone that characterises the stone buildings that are typical of the region.
This brief video tour was produced by Zack, a former pupil at Kingham Primary School, who now attends Kingham Hill.
|Spring Term||Tuesday 5 January||Friday 12 February|
|Monday 22 February||Wednesday 31 March|
|Summer Term||Monday 19 April||Friday 28 May|
|Tuesday 8 June||Wednesday 21 July|
|Autumn Term||Friday 3 September||Friday 22 October|
|Tuesday 2 November||Friday 17 December|
|Spring Term||Wednesday 5 January||Friday 18 February|
|Monday 28 February||Friday 8 April|
|Summer Term||Monday 25 April||Friday 27 May|
|Tuesday 7 June||Thursday 21 July|
Many children are able to walk or cycle to and from school with their parents or carers.
Limited parking spaces are available in the free parish car park adjacent to the school. Additional parking is available on Churchill Road, to the north of the village green.
A school bus operates for those children that require this service.
Further information about travel assistance is available in the Oxfordshire Home to School Travel and Transport Policy.
Kingham Primary School welcomes children and their parents or carers to assemble in the playground from 8.35 in the morning on school days. The school bell rings at 8.45am and class teachers will come to each year group line to collect the children and take them into school. A teaching assistant will wait to meet any children who missed the bell to ensure that they are safely supervised into school.
Morning registration is at 8.55. At this time the school gates are locked to ensure the safety of children.
Please make every effort to ensure that your child is at school on time. If you arrive after 8.55 please bring your child through the main front entrance to the school office where a member of our office staff will greet you to sign in your child. One of the school staff will then escort your child to their classroom.
Morning break is from 10.30–10.45.
Lunchtime is from 11.45 for the Reception class, from 11.55 for Y1-2, and from 12.00 for Y3-6.
Afternoon registration is at 1.00pm and school continues until 3.00pm.
Parents and carers are welcome to come to the playground from 2.50pm to collect children from 3.00pm.
Children can only be collected by nominated individuals that have been previously identified to the school and are known to the child. If there is any change to the usual collection arrangements please notify the school in writing in advance. This can generally be done through an entry in the school diary of the child.
Kingham Primary School encourages regular attendance. There is a very strong link between poor attendance and poor performance, so children are expected to attend daily and on time unless they are ill.
If parents or carers plan to take their child out of school they will need to complete an absence request form, available from the school office or the school web site. Permission for authorised absence will only be granted under exceptional circumstances.
Kingham Primary School is pleased to be able to offer a healthy hot lunch for all children in school. Children may alternatively bring an appropriate packed lunch. Children can state at morning registration whether they will require a school meal. A vegetarian option is always available.
A packed lunch can be brought to school in a lunch box clearly labelled with the name of the child. This should contain appropriate items that do not require refrigeration. As some children may have food allergies, lunches should not include products containing nuts or peanuts, including peanut butter, nut spreads, and confectionary or cereal bars containing nuts.
School meals are supplied by Oxfordshire County Council and are prepared onsite by our catering team. The menus are designed to ensure that all meals are nutritionally balanced over the course of a three week cycle. Children can sit together and enjoy their meals whilst developing social skills that are so important in later life. A well-fed and happy child is more likely to be receptive to participating in the afternoon activities.
School meals are free of charge to all children in Reception and Years 1-2. Some parents and carers of children in the Nursery and Years 3-6 may also be able to claim free school meals and other benefits.
The school receives additional ‘pupil premium’ funding for children whose parents or carers are entitled to certain credits or allowances or children that have been previously registered for free school meals. This funding is used to benefit the education of eligible children and is worth over £1,000 per child for each year that they are at primary school, even if they are already entitled to universal infant school meals in Reception and Years 1-2, or bring a packed lunch. The school can use this money to help pay for things like the cost of school visits or music lessons.
Parents and carers are encouraged to enquire about the pupil premium and how it benefits both their children and the school. It simply requires completion of an application form, together with proof of entitlement. Further information is available in confidence from the school office.
There is a charge of £2.20 per meal for children that are not entitled to free school meals.
Meals can be paid for in advance using ParentMail, a secure online payment system. Payments can also be made in advance directly through the school office, on a weekly, monthly, or half-termly basis. The school does not offer a credit facility. If parents are for any reason unable to pay for meals they should contact the school office.
Parents and carers should inform the school about children with severe allergies. Staff receive appropriate training in understanding and dealing with anaphylaxis or severe allergic reactions and will use this training as necessary.
The school is aware that some children have nut allergies and aims to be nut-free as far as possible. Parents and carers are asked not to send food to school that contains nuts, including peanut butter, nut spreads, and confectionary or cereal bars containing nuts. Children will be asked not to share food and encouraged to wash hands before and after eating.
The Kingham Primary School uniform reflects the school colours of navy blue and gold. It is designed to be practical, supporting our school identity while providing flexibility for individuals.
All shoulder length or long hair must be tied back using a black, white, grey or navy-blue hair band, scrunchie or bobble.
Jewellery must not be worn in school, apart from a watch or small piercing studs, which must be removed or covered up for sport or PE.
All items of clothing, including shoes, hats and coats must be clearly labelled with the name of the child.
Suitable clothing is easily available from many retailers.
Items with the school logo, including clothing, bags and rucksacks are available for purchase from Wreal Sports at their shop front or by ordering online. Please visit their website or call for more information
The Kingham Primary School Association also manages donations of school uniform items, which are available for purchase at reduced prices, with proceeds going to the KPSA school fund.
Photography on school premises requires specific permission. The school permits parents and carers to take images of their children at official school events for their own private use and requests that any such images identifying other children are not shared online or on social media.
Staff and other authorised individuals may record images of children to document their work or achievements. Written consent is required from parents or carers to permit the use of personally identifiable images of children and their work on the school web site and in other media.
The school has policies in place to cover the use and prevent the abuse of online services and social media by staff and children.
Parents and carers are also encouraged to act respectfully and consider the effect on others when posting on social media.
The Kingham Primary School Association is a registered charity run by parents that manages fundraising activities for the school.
The KPSA has raised thousands of pounds for the school, most recently for the outdoor classroom and a well-stocked library.
Through its fundraising events for the school, the KPSA also provides social activities that bring together parents, children and the wider community.
All parents and carers of children enrolled at Kingham Primary School are members of the KPSA and are entitled to vote and take part in elections for committee posts.
To register for KPSA newsletters and for further details about social events and fundraising throughout the year please see the separate KPSA web site.
Kingham Primary School is a member of the Chipping Norton Partnership of Schools. The CNPS comprises the Chipping Norton School and ten local primary schools. These schools come together to participate in various sports activities, festivals and workshops.
This offers opportunities for children to compete and collaborate within a larger community of local schools and use a variety of facilities.
Some events and activities include teams or whole year groups, others can be provided as extension opportunities for individuals or as optional free or paid events.
Kingham Primary School also benefits from using some of the facilities of Kingham Hill School, the nearby independent secondary school.
The following forms are available to download and complete for submission to the school:
Kingham Primary School is a popular school and places are in high demand. If you are interested in the possibility of a place in the school you are encouraged to contact the school office for further information.
Places for children in the nursery class are managed by the school. A place in the nursery does not provide any guarantee of a place in the school reception class.
Places for children of school age are administered by the local authority, Oxfordshire County Council, in line with its admissions policy.
You can apply online. The deadline for applications for places in reception is generally in January of the year in which the child will start in September.
The school serves an officially designated area that is determined by the local authority. Places may be offered to children living outside this area, depending on the number of applications received.
Places are allocated according to strict criteria, which are determined by the council. Even if Kingham Primary School is your stated first preference there may not be sufficient places available for all those that apply.
Places occasionally become available for older children in classes further up the school. Please contact the school office in the first instance for details of any current availability. Formal applications are administered through the local authority.
Kingham Primary School has a highly dedicated staff committed to ensuring that every child is valued and feels confident and secure.
The Headteacher is supported by Senior Leaders in the management of the school, including two Assistant Headteachers who share this role.
Each class has at least one qualified Teacher, who may also take the lead in one or more specialist areas. Their role is to care, encourage and listen as well as to teach. They are supported by Teaching Assistants who also work with small groups or individual children.
The Special Educational Needs Coordinator works closely with all staff ensuring that children with additional learning needs are provided with appropriate levels of support throughout their time in school.
The Office staff support the business and administrative management of the school and the reception area.
Governors collectively represent the parents, staff, community and the local authority and meet regularly with the Headteacher to review priorities, policies and performance.
I became Headteacher of Kingham Primary School at the start of 2021, returning to England with my wife and two sons.
I was previously Head of Lower School at the prestigious Harrow International School in Bangkok, Thailand, nearly 800 children from nursery through primary school age. Offering an exceptional education to children from 18 months to 18 years, it is the largest of the international schools associated with the renowned Harrow School in London, which was founded in 1572.
Before moving to Thailand with my family in 2014, I was Executive Headteacher at a large state primary school in South East London for nine years, leading its transformation from an underperforming school with falling numbers to be recognised as outstanding in all areas, expanding it over two sites with over 800 children.
I am as enthusiastic now about working with young people as the day I started training as a teacher. My belief is that education should be a special time that provides memories and friendships students will cherish forever. I am passionate about an education that enables each child to be treated as an individual, to feel valued, and above all, to reach their full potential. I aim to ensure all my staff share this philosophy and do their best for every single child.
Kingham Primary School provides optional extended care for children of school age through its Breakfast Club and Afternoon Club. This enables the school to offer wraparound care from 7.45am to 5.00pm to support working parents and carers.
The Breakfast and Afternoon Club staff all work at Kingham Primary School as teaching assistants or lunchtime supervisors. This ensures good continuity for the children, enabling behavioural expectations to be clearly understood.
Optional extra-curricular activity clubs are also provided each term, subject availability and demand.
Breakfast Club enables children to come into school from 7.45am. Cereal and fruit with milk or water are available. At 8.45am the children in are taken to the playground to line up with their classes.
Places for Breakfast Club must be booked and paid for in advance. Further information is available from the school office.
Kidz Club provides extended care in the afternoon on school days. The Kidz Club staff collect children from the classrooms at 3.00pm and they are available for collection until 5.00pm.
Activities are provided, including outdoor play. There is also an opportunity for children to take part in quieter activities, including homework tasks. Drinks and snacks are provided.
Hourly sessions must be booked and paid for in advance. Advance bookings are invited for each term, subject to availability. Occasional sessions can also be booked at shorter notice, where places are still available. Further information is available from the school office.
After school extra-curricular activities are supported by a combination of teaching assistants, specialist staff, and parent volunteers.
Clubs typically cover a range of activities, such as Art, Archery, Coding, Construction, Cookery, French, Football, Gardening, Golf, Hockey, or Tennis. They are offered to age appropriate year groups and vary by term.
These activities can be booked and paid for in advance on a termly basis, subject to availability. Further information is available through the school office.
The Nursery class at Kingham Primary School is part of the integrated Early Years Foundation Stage Unit. Places are offered for children from the age of three, subject to availability.
The nursery provides appropriate activities and purposeful play for younger children suitable for their age and individual needs. If offers a nurturing environment to develop happy, healthy children and inspire a lifelong love of learning. The nursery enables a smooth transition into the Reception class for those children that subsequently receive places in the school.
The Nursery class is based in the purpose-built facility at Kingham Primary School that was specifically designed as an integrated Early Years Foundation Stage Unit.
The Nursery and the Reception classes are separate, although they share some facilities and outside space.
Children in the nursery have shared access to the secure outside play area. Nursery children can also take advantage of other amenities, such as the outdoor classroom and school field, at times when they are not in other use.
As part of the school, children in the nursery are subject to the statutory safeguarding policies designed to ensure their welfare and wellbeing.
The nursery includes dedicated age-appropriate toilet and washing facilities.
The Nursery class is led by a qualified teacher with appropriate experience for this age group, supported by at least one suitably qualified teaching assistant.
The staff to child ratio will be no higher than 1:13, which is consistent with similar nursery classes elsewhere and the relevant legal requirements and statutory standards. In practice, the ratio will generally be lower than this, depending on the number of children enrolled and the sessions that are taken.
The nursery offers three-hour morning and three-hour afternoon sessions every weekday during school term time, subject to availability.
These sessions run from 09.00 until 12.00 for a morning session and from 12.00 until 15.00 for an afternoon session. There is the option of adding a lunch hour to a morning session.
Children staying in the nursery class through the day or arriving for the afternoon session can bring an appropriate packed lunch. A cooked lunch is also available. This is charged for in line with the school lunch rates. Lunch will be eaten in the nursery.
No two days are ever the same and the nursery offers a packed programme of activities. Every morning typically has a different theme. On Monday there is a local walk. Cooking is on Tuesday. Physical Education is on Wednesday. Thursday is a Community activity. Friday is Forest School and baking.
The nursery has plenty of toys and games, and a wonderful outside play area with spectacular rural views.
Under the government childcare scheme, the school offers up to 15 hours a week of funded nursery provision free of charge, from the term after the child’s third birthday until they start school in the reception class or reach the age of compulsory education.
Working parents may also be eligible for up to 30 hours a week for three and four year-old children. Up to 15 hours a week of this may be used at Kingham Primary School, as long as the child is not at more than two sites in one day. Parents may also use extended hours to stretch childcare outside term time with other providers.
Parents of any child with a place in the nursery may elect to pay for additional sessions, subject to availability, at the rate of £15.00 per three-hour session, up to a total of 30 hours a week, including the free entitlement. That is equivalent to £75.00 per week. There is no requirement to purchase extra hours in order to receive the entitlement of 15 free hours.
Fees will be invoiced monthly in advance, with booking for any individual sessions invoiced monthly in arrears.
Up to 52 nursery places are available. The actual number depends on how many sessions are taken by each child entitled to a place. There is a maximum of 26 children in any single session.
Nursery places are offered to children from the term after their third birthday. There are three admissions per year.
|Autumn||At the start of the school year in September|
|Spring||At the restart of school after the Christmas break|
|Summer||At the restart of school after the Easter break|
Places for new admissions are offered in line with local authority admissions policy, subject to availability, by application to the Headteacher of the school, through the school office.
The school will endeavour to accommodate the needs of parents but will not be able to guarantee the availability of particular patterns of sessions.
Applications for places and bookings for nursery sessions can be made through the school office.
A place in the nursery will not guarantee a place in the school and attendance at the nursery is not necessary to receive a place in the school. Even if a child is in the Nursery class, places in the Reception class of the school will still be subject to application through the local authority in line with its admission policy.
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Kingham Primary School strives to:
Kingham Primary School follows the school admission rules of the local authority, Oxfordshire County Council.
Applications for the nursery class can be made by contacting the school office. Places in the nursery class are managed by the school, in accordance with the admissions policy of the local authority. A place in the nursery class does not provide any guarantee of a place in the school reception class.
Oxfordshire Country Council administers the allocation of places for children from Reception to Year 6. Kingham Primary School is a popular school. It may be the first preference for many parents in the area and there may be more applications than there are places available. It is not always necessary for children to live within the designated area or catchment of the school but distance from the school is one of the criteria used to allocate places.
Places occasionally become available for older children in classes further up the school. Please contact the school office in the first instance for details of any current availability. Formal applications are administered through the local authority.
Where there are not enough places for everyone that applies to the school, the local authority will determine the admission arrangements according to strict criteria and the designated area of the school. Children that are looked after by the local authority or have particular needs will be given priority. Places are then allocated in order of priority to children living within the designated area with a brother or sister at the school, to other children living within the designated area, children living outside this area with a brother or sister at the school, and then other children living outside the designated area. For each category, if there are more applicants than available places these will be allocated according to distance from the school. The detailed policy that is followed is available from the Oxfordshire County Council web site.
A map showing the designated area or catchment for Kingham Primary School is available from the Oxfordshire County Council web site.
Applications for places from Reception to Year 6 are coordinated and administered by Oxfordshire County Council, which is the admissions authority for all mainstream state funded primary, infant, junior and secondary schools in Oxfordshire. Parents can apply online or using a paper copy of the Common Application Form. The deadline for applications to the Reception class is generally in January for admission the following September.
More information about the process and deadlines for application and the relevant school admissions rules and policies are available from the Oxfordshire County Council web site.
Kingham Primary School is recognised by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’. Ofsted is the national inspection and regulation authority for services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.
The latest inspection reports can be viewed on the Ofsted web site.
(Previous year in brackets)
|Early Years Foundation Stage||Development|
|% pupils attaining a good level of development||83|
|National average was 72|
|% pupils achieving required standard in the phonics check||84|
|National average was 82|
|Key Stage 1 attainment||Reading||Writing||Maths|
|% pupils achieved expected standard||77||70||77|
|% pupils exceeding expected standard||33||30||33|
|Key Stage 2 attainment||Reading||Writing||Maths|
|Average progress scores||0.2||0.2||1.5|
|Average scaled scores||108||N/A||110|
|% pupils achieved expected standard or above||84||88||92|
|% pupils achieved high level of attainment||56||40||52|
|Positive average progress scores indicate that a school has achieved progress for this class above the national average.|
|A scaled score of 100 represents the expected standard on the test.|
Further comparative school performance tables and statistical data about the school are available on the Government school performance web site.
On a tour of Kingham you will discover a happy, thriving school alive with learning. Students are given an excellent grounding in core skills interwoven into an exciting, thematic curriculum. Learning is at the centre of all that we do.
Our Early Years Classes (Nursery and Reception) provide a truly magical environment where your child will start on an educational journey that is hard to match. We have a dedicated Early Years unit slightly separated from the main building where every day is a new adventure. Our youngest students engage in a play-based curriculum where learning through meaningful and engaging experiences builds the foundations for a love of learning where every child is treated as an individual and encouraged to develop their own special talents and abilities to the full.
The Nursery and Reception classes follow the national Early Years Foundation Stage framework. The EYFS sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well, are kept healthy and safe, and have the knowledge and skills they need to start school.
The school provides a creative curriculum, delivered through different themes each term. Subjects are taught through engaging cross-curricular topics and high-quality children’s literature. We want learning to be a fun and memorable experience and for our students to develop a deep understanding of the concepts and themes studied. As such, students are provided with opportunities to carry out their own enquiry projects, take part in immersive experience days, think critically and creatively to answer life’s ‘big questions’, learn outdoors and make full use of our beautiful learning environment.
Our Personal Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) aims to provide students with the skills, knowledge, attitudes and values they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. It helps them to understand how they are developing personally and socially and addresses some of the issues that are part of growing up. Through PSHCE, we teach students about how to have healthy and successful relationships with friends and family and how to look after themselves and others.
All schools are required to teach Religious Education. The school follows the Oxfordshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education and children learn about and from the six major world religions for an hour each week.
The school offers specialist Music tuition each week from external specialist teachers as a part of the normal school timetable.
Schools are also required to promote Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development. This includes promoting the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
We will provide remote education if groups of children, classes or the whole school are required to remain at home. This is consistent with national expectations set by the Department for Education.
We will send information to parents and carers about the first few days of remote education. We will also clearly state when our full remote education offer will be available and will endeavour to move to our full offer as quickly as possible.
Our full remote education offer includes daily activities in English and Mathematics, with other subjects being offered on a timetabled approach. We aim to cover the same subjects during the week that would be taught in class but there might be some limitations due to the nature of learning at home. Not all subjects are taught every week in school and the remote education will reflect this. For instance, History and Geography are sometimes taught in different half terms depending on the topic.
We will deliver a range of other activities including assemblies and other school events. We will also hold feedback and catch-up sessions with older students and offer sign-ups for phone calls for younger children and their parents.
Examples of our remote education approaches include:
For children in Reception we will provide an outline of activities for the following day. This will include a daily phonics lesson and a range of other activities to be undertaken throughout the day.
A weekly outline of activities will be shared with children in Years 1-6. This will include daily Maths and English lessons and another session for other subjects.
We try to ensure there are live lessons with the class teacher at least once a day, although this will be more frequent with the older classes. There will also be independent activities and tasks for children to complete.
We expect children of statutory school age to engage with remote education every day. Including remote teaching and independent work this will take children in Key Stage 1 about 3 hours a day and about 4 hours a day for those in Key Stage 2. These figures are an average across these groups, and we recognise that individual children will complete activities at different rates.
We use SeeSaw for Nursery and Reception years and Google Classroom for Years 1-6. Information about how to access these sites has been either provided to students or parents. If you or your child cannot find login details, please contact us immediately.
Our children in Years 1-6 should be familiar with Google Classroom from lessons within school. Assignments can be submitted through Google Classroom. We also make use of a wide number of other online platforms to support individual subjects. Links to these will be placed on Google Classroom.
If there are difficulties accessing online learning, parents and carers should contact the school office or arrange to discuss this with the class teacher. We will work with parents to support access to remote learning, including providing equipment if possible. If students are still unable to access online learning, the parent may request printed materials and the school will discuss alternative methods of submitting work.
If children require support from their teacher, they may post questions onto Google Classroom and teachers will be available from 9.00am – 3.00pm to answer them. Parents can also email the teacher during the same hours if they require any support.
We recognise that organising home learning can be challenging. We have designed our offer so that it can be flexibly organised around the needs of each individual home.
We ask that:
We will closely monitor the engagement of all students and will contact parents if work is regularly not completed so that we can support parents with any difficulties. Teachers will also keep a daily register of engagement. If a child has not engaged for a number of days, the school will follow its safeguarding procedures.
The school expects teachers to record all lessons for safeguarding reasons. Recordings are held confidentially and not shared outside of school.
Regular feedback is given either in writing or verbally during lessons. Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. We will use a mix of different approaches to giving feedback including some marked assignments in Years 1-6, some group or class feedback, and sometimes verbal feedback.
Telephone calls are available if required for parents to discuss learning with members of staff.
We recognise that some students, for example those with special educational needs and disabilities, may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home.
Our teachers and SENDCo (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator) will work with individual families to support their child’s learning at home. In such cases, remote education may be personalised according to need, including differentiated work, physical resources, regular phone calls with a member of staff, or sessions with a Teaching Assistant. Children may be encouraged to study in school if restrictions allow.
The SENDCo works closely with external agencies, such as the ASD Outreach Service and the Speech and Language team, to identify if it is appropriate to offer remote therapy and support.
We will also provide support for remote education where individual children need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school. In this case, activities will closely relate to what the rest of the class are studying at school. This may include occasionally streaming a class lesson so that a self-isolating child can join in with their classmates. The teacher will communicate with the child or the family regularly to ensure they are safe and well, that they are accessing the remote education, that tasks are being completed and to offer regular feedback.
Specific details of teaching and learning activities and objectives are provided to parents and carers each term and are available on request.
Full information about the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework and the National Curriculum is available from the Government web site.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, or SEND, refers to a child or young person with a learning difficulty or disability that calls for special educational provision to be made for them. This may mean they have significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age or have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age.
High quality teaching that is appropriately differentiated for individual pupils is the first step in responding to possible special educational needs. Progress is reviewed every term using a variety of assessments and this data is analysed by the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team to review individual pupil progress and shape teaching that plans for their next small steps. Identifying needs early is key. The insight of parents and the pupils themselves is also a necessary and important part of the assessment and planning process.
If staff have concerns that a child is finding certain aspects of learning hard then staff will bring together all the information needed to get a more detailed picture of the child’s needs. This includes involving the parents and the child themselves. The school uses Special Educational Needs Support in Oxfordshire Schools and Settings (February 2017) published by Oxfordshire County Council to identify and determine what level of support should be expected. This covers the four broad areas:
For pupils who need special provision, the school operates a graduated response to their needs, beginning with quality first teaching, differentiation, and interventions. Some children will benefit from specific support from outside agencies. Children who require additional support will be categorised as requiring SEND Support. They will be placed on the school SEND register, which is monitored centrally by the local authority.
From September 2014, statements of SEND have been replaced by a single ‘Education, Health and Care Plan’ for children and young people with the most complex needs. The creation and delivery of an EHCP will be led by the Local Authority, with schools developing and reviewing plans and provision with parents.
The school Special Educational Needs and Disabilities policy, available on request, specifies the processes for the identification and assessment of children with special educational needs and making provision for special education needs whether or not children have an Education, Health and Care Plan.
The support available will vary depending on the needs of the child, but could include:
All pupils are included in activities and trips following risk assessments where needed and in accordance with duties under the Equalities Act 2010. We talk to parents and young people when planning trips so that everyone is clear about what will happen.
All pupils on the SEND register will have a personalised My Plan that clearly states strengths and weaknesses and the relevant strategies and interventions needed, to work towards achieving personal outcomes. These My Plans are reviewed and updated with parents and pupils three times a year and the rates of progress made will inform what the next steps in their learning will be. Interventions have clear pre and post assessments to measure progress. My Plans are working documents and therefore require continual fine-tuning to provide the most appropriate strategies or resources. The school monitors the equality and effectiveness of individual and group interventions through observations and the data received from pre and post assessments, and training is delivered where needed.
There are members of staff within the school who are trained to support children and deliver particular intervention programmes.
Additionally the school is able to draw on the services of a range of external professionals including:
Both the school and parents or carers can access a wider array of services from the Local Authority.
Any concerns about a child should be discussed in the first instance with their class teacher. If issues remain unresolved, then the matter should be referred to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator (SENDCo).
The SENDCo at Kingham Primary School is Mrs Beccy Adams.
The SENDCo can be contacted initially through the school office by telephone or mail using the contact details on the school web site.
The school governor with responsibility for SEND is Mrs Lucy Phillips. The SEND governor regularly meets with the SENDCo and reports back to the full governing body.
The Oxfordshire SEND local offer provides lots of information for parents.
Oxfordshire County Council provides guidance on Identifying and supporting Special Educational Needs in Oxfordshire schools and settings.
Further information about a range of specialist support services is available from the Oxfordshire County Council SEN web pages.
Information about opportunities for children and young people with SEN and their families, support groups is available in the Family Information Directory:
Impartial advice from Oxfordshire SENDIASS.
Kingham Primary School aims to provide a safe learning environment for the children in its care and asks for the assistance of parents and carers in supporting this.
Kingham Primary School follows the Oxfordshire County Council policy on Child Protection and Safeguarding.
The purpose of this policy is to:
The aim of this policy is to create a clear social benchmark which clearly demonstrates that at Kingham Primary School we treat others in a way that we would wish to be treated. We also believe that it is important to think before you speak and consider how your words might affect other people and the way they feel. It is also essential to acknowledge that violence, however understandable in some circumstances, is wrong and should never occur.
Through the implementation of this behaviour policy we aim to:
Through our behaviour policy we believe that by living our vision and values every member of our school community will be enabled to flourish and take their place as full members of society with an active commitment to serve the common good. As a direct consequence of our behaviour policy we trust that:
School staff will:
Parents and carers will:
Involving parents and carers
A positive partnership with parents and carers is crucial to building trust and developing a shared goal of high behavioural expectations. Parents and carers are encouraged to come and discuss any worries with the class teacher at an early stage.
For school to function efficiently the children need to conform to well-defined rules. They will need to know what to do and why they do it. For instance, not everyone can talk at once and be heard; a level of personal restraint is required. At Kingham Primary School we set and demand high standards and feel the best will be achieved for the children when we emphasise the positive. We use the SMART rules to help children understand the behavioural expectations.
|Safe||To behave in a way which keeps themselves and others safe.|
|Manners||To show good manners at all times, remembering to say please and thank you.|
|Attitude||To demonstrate a positive attitude to their work and others, persevering and showing courage when something is difficult.|
|Respect||To be respectful to all members of the school community, treating others how they wish to be treated.|
|Team||To be a good team player, proving to be trustworthy and just, caring about others.|
When children follow the SMART rules their effort will be recognised. When they do not follow the SMART rules sanctions will be used.
Good behaviour at Kingham Primary School means that everyone is following the SMART rules. The behaviours we would then expect to see include:
In this school the following forms of inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated:
We do not tolerate incidents of bullying and if they do occur we ensure that the incident is fully investigated and those involved understand the impact of their behaviour on others. Parents/carers are always informed if their child has been involved in such incidents, which are recorded on School Bullying Incident Forms.
For further information please see the school Anti-Bullying Policy.
Children’s good behaviour, including their learning behaviours, are recognised in numerous ways. This may be in the form of:
Although house points are given to individuals, they are collated across the school so that each term we will be able to celebrate the house with the highest total. Every child in school has been allocated a house and siblings are automatically placed in the same house. The house with the highest overall number of points will be rewarded with a a treat that will be decided upon by members of the School Council following discussions with their classes.
At Kingham Primary School we recognise that there will be occasions when pupils display inappropriate behaviour. We will always try to identify the underlying causes of such behaviour. We aim to demonstrate that anti-social behaviour does not advance the cause of the individual or the community. When dealing with unacceptable behaviour the staff will demonstrate justice, forgiveness and compassion.
The following guidance is to ensure that all staff consistently address all incidents of unacceptable behaviour.
|Examples of unacceptable behaviour||Staff response|
The SMART rules apply at all times in school, including break and lunchtime. Lunchtime supervisors will share the same expectations for pupil behaviour and attitudes during the lunch period. Rewards such as house points will be used and lunchtime supervisors can recommend children to be the star of the week. Lunchtime supervisors will regularly liaise with class teachers.
Instances of serious misbehaviour or persistent poor behaviour may by-pass the sanctions system and be dealt with through further steps, including a formal meeting with parents/carers, at the discretion of the headteacher, assistant headteacher, class teacher or governors.
Children who continue to demonstrate unacceptable behaviour and are unresponsive to the measures outlined will be referred to the SENDCO with a view to setting up an individual plan to help the child address his/her difficulties. If the behaviour is particularly poor the school may consider setting up a Pastoral Support Plan (PSP).
Further sanctions available to the school include:
For further information please see the school’s Exclusion Policy.
In extremely rare individual cases the use of physical interventions may also be needed. All teachers in school are authorised to use physical intervention in school, however some members of staff are trained in Team Teach. There are three broad categories where reasonable force may be used:
A detailed approach to this area can be found in the school’s Physical Intervention Policy.
Further guidelines and suggestions on managing behaviour around the school
Areas identified as places where correct behaviour patterns require extra reinforcement:
Causes for concern:
Dealing with problems
Lack of respect
These concerns will also be addressed through PSHCE lessons, Assemblies and Circle Time.
This policy was adopted on 18 November 2019.
Kingham Primary School publishes information to demonstrate how it is complying with legal equality requirements as a public sector equality duty.
The Equality Act 2010 protects people from discrimination on the basis of ‘protected characteristics’ and introduced the public sector equality duty, which requires schools to publish information to demonstrate how they are complying with the public sector equality duty and to publish equality objectives.
The headteacher monitors the school population profile with respect to certain characteristics, including gender, ethnic background, first languages, religions and beliefs, and special educational needs and disabilities. The Equality Act defines disability as when a person has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on that person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities. The school maintains confidential records for attendance, behaviour, accidents, welfare, safeguarding and any prejudice related incidents. The school also monitors the educational progress and attainment of children. This information is analysed and reported on to governors to avoid discrimination, ensure equality of opportunity and foster good relations across all groups.
The governors regularly review school policies, procedures and practices to ensure that they comply with the requirements of relevant legislation. Further information is provided in the relevant school policies.
Published information is reviewed annually and equality objectives are reviewed at least once every four years.
The school has a duty to have due regard to:
These objectives apply to all aspects of the school and members of the school community, including developing policies, making decisions, delivering services and employing people.
While relatively few children at the school currently come from minority ethnic backgrounds, their needs are taken into account and they are offered every equality of opportunity irrespective of race, religion or belief. School leaders and staff are also aware of the need for an active approach to multicultural teaching and learning with consideration for many different cultures and beliefs.
Children are encouraged to participate fully in all school activities and have equality of opportunities irrespective of gender or identity. The school also actively seeks to avoid sex or gender stereotypes, promotes a culture of acceptance and will not tolerate bullying, harassment or marginalisation.
The school has policies covering special educational needs and disability, as well as children with socially disadvantaged backgrounds, and looked after children. The school works closely with parents and carers to ensure that children with particular needs and vulnerable children are suitably supported in their teaching and learning at school and at home.
The school extends its principles of equality to all those using the school facilities and aims to accommodate their particular needs. People with protected characteristics are particularly encouraged to participate in the work of the school. The school building is considered accessible and accessibility requirements are considered in all aspects of policy and planning. The school web site is designed to be accessible to assistive technologies. While the school seeks to use online services where possible, information is also available and can be be provided in paper form on request.
Like all employers, the school is legally obliged to provide equality of opportunity to all current and prospective employees. This also extends to school governors. The school ensures that its policies, procedures and practices do not discriminate against any people with protected characteristics, including age, disability, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, pregnancy and maternity. Best practice processes are applied to the recruitment and advancement of staff to ensure equality of opportunity.
The governors have a key role and responsibility in ensuring the success of the school and that children have the opportunity to achieve their full potential at Kingham Primary School.
As volunteers who have been elected or appointed by the governing body on the basis of the contribution they can make to the effective governance of the school, the governors collectively represent the parents, staff, community and the local authority.
The constitution of the governing body and terms of office are determined by an official instrument of government.
The governing board at Kingham Primary School comprises two parent governors, one local authority governor, one staff governor, one head teacher and four co-opted governors. Additional non-voting associate members may also be appointed as required.
Parents and carers are encouraged to become involved, particularly if they have professional expertise or experience to contribute.
The governors meet regularly with the Headteacher to review priorities, policies and performance.
The three core functions of the governing body are: to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; to hold the Headteacher to account for educational performance; and to oversee the financial performance of the school.
Some functions may be delegated to committees that meet separately: Performance and Standards; Premises; Pay; and Finance. The terms of reference for each committee are agreed by the governing body. The governors may also establish working parties to achieve particular objectives.
Information about the current members of the governing body and its committees, including appointment dates and terms of office, are published on the school web site.
Any governance roles in other educational institutions, relevant business and financial interests, or material interests arising from relationships between governors or school staff are declared and published under the declaration of interests.
Governors are expected to attend all formal meetings and a register of attendance is maintained, including the previous academic year.
All formal meetings are minuted and these records, redacted where necessary for reasons of confidentiality, are published on the school web site.
The Annual Report provides information about the role of the governors, their responsibilities and strategic priorities.
In the financial year from April 2019-2020, Kingham Primary School had total income of £1,057,000, of which £884,000 was from public funding. From this budget the school has to cover the cost of staff, premises and any materials used for teaching.
Comparative school financial information is available on the Government schools financial benchmarking web site.
The pupil premium, which was introduced in 2011, gives schools extra funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils from reception to year 11 and close any gap between them and their peers.
Schools receive additional funding each year for each primary-aged child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years.
The school receives additional funding to improve the provision of physical education and sport in primary schools. Schools must use this to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of physical education and sport that they they offer. This means they should use this funding to develop or add to the physical education and sport activities offered or to build capacity to ensure improvements will benefit children joining the school in future years.
Kingham Primary School believes that all our children should have an equal opportunity to benefit from school activities and visits (curricular and extra curricular) independent of their parents’ financial means. This charging and remissions policy describes how we will do our best to ensure a good range of visits and activities is offered and try to minimise the financial barriers which may prevent some children from taking full advantage of the opportunities.
The 1996 Education Act requires all schools to have a policy on charging and remissions for school activities, which will be kept under regular review.
The policy identifies activities for which:
Separately from the matter of charging, schools may always seek voluntary contributions in order to offer a wide variety of experiences to children. All requests for voluntary contributions will emphasise their voluntary nature and the fact that pupils of parents who do not make such contributions will be treated no differently from those who have.
The law says:
*If a pupil fails, without good reason, to meet any examination requirement for a syllabus a charge may / will be made.
It is the policy of Kingham Primary School that charges will (or may) be made as indicated below. Parental agreement will be obtained before a charge is made.
Non-residential activities other than those listed above which take place outside school hours but only if the majority of the time spent on that activity takes place outside school hours (time spent on travel counts in this calculation if the travel itself occurs during school hours).
When any visit is arranged, parents will be notified of the policy for allocating places. Charges will be made for the board and lodging component of residential trips deemed to take place during school time. The charge will not exceed the actual cost. However pupils whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits (see Remissions below) will be exempt from paying the cost of board and lodging.
If the number of school sessions on a residential trip is equal to or greater than 50% of the number of half days spent on the trip it is deemed to have taken place during school hours (even if some activities take place late in the evening). Whatever the starting and finishing times of the school day, regulations require that the school day is divided into 2 sessions. A ‘half day’ means any period of 12 hours ending with noon or midnight on any day.
Music tuition for individuals or groups of up to four pupils to play a musical instrument or to sing and which is not an essential part of either the National Curriculum or a public examination syllabus for all pupils.
Charges will be made to cover the cost, or a proportion of the costs, for teaching staff employed to provide tuition in playing a musical instrument or singing, where the tuition is an optional extra for an individual pupil or groups of up to four pupils.
When any trip is arranged parents will be notified of the policy for allocating places. This should recognize that parents may not be able to pay quickly and may have to budget for the trip over a reasonable period of time.
Charges may be made for optional activities that are known as ‘Optional Extras’. Any charges made will not exceed the actual cost (per pupil) of provision.
Charges will/may be made for any materials, books, instruments, or equipment, where a parent wishes their child to own them, such as a charge to cover the cost of the clay for a clay model.
In order to remove financial barriers from disadvantaged pupils, the governing body has agreed that some activities and visits where charges can legally be made will be offered at no charge or a reduced charge to parents in particular circumstances. This remissions policy sets out the circumstances in which charges will be waived.
If remission or help is available in relation to a particular charge it is indicated in the right hand column of the table above. Children entitled to Free School Meals will qualify for remission.
The governing body recognises its responsibility to ensure that the offer of activities and educational visits does not place an unnecessary burden on family finances. To this end we will try to adhere to the following guidelines:
Kingham Primary School encourages feedback from parents and carers. We are always learning to be our best. The headteacher welcomes opinions from parents and is generally available on the playground at the start and end of the school day, or otherwise by appointment through the school office.
An annual survey also provides an opportunity to provide formal feedback, together with comments on strengths of the school and any areas for possible improvement. A summary of the responses is shared with staff and governors. Any areas that require further investigation are acted on and these are reported over the following year. Actions and responses to specific comments are included below.
Previous year figures in brackets
|My child enjoys coming to school||60%||34%||6%||0%||0%|
|My child is safe at school||59%||37%||2%||0%||0%|
|The school understands and responds to my child’s needs||39%||52%||8%||1%||0%|
|My child is taught well at school||55%||39%||6%||0%||0%|
|My child is making good progress||39%||55%||5%||1%||0%|
|My child is encouraged to work hard and do their best||52%||42%||5%||1%||0%|
|My child receives an appropriate amount of homework for his/her age||29%||52%||13%||6%||0%|
|My child enjoys the stimulating range of extra-curricular activities that school provides||30%||37%||26%||6%||0%|
|The school communicates with me effectively about my child’s progress||31%||45%||16%||8%||1%|
|The school communicates with me effectively about how to support my child’s learning||24%||47%||22%||6%||0%|
|The school communicates with me effectively about school events and activities||54%||45%||0%||1%||0%|
|The school seeks my views and listens to my concerns||30%||42%||18%||10%||1%|
|There is a good standard of behaviour at Kingham Primary School||37%||53%||6%||3%||0%|
|The school deals with any incidents of bullying effectively||19%||37%||39%||5%||0%|
|The school is welcoming and there are opportunities to get involved||45%||54%||1%||0%||0%|
|I think the school is well led and managed||49%||40%||10%||1%||0%|
|School encourages my child to lead a healthy lifestyle||31%||54%||11%||1%||3%|
|School encourages my child to respect children from other backgrounds||40%||42%||13%||0%||0%|
|My child is encouraged to contribute positively to the wider community||29%||57%||13%||1%||0%|
|I would recommend Kingham Primary School to another family||56%||39%||5%||0%||0%|
62 responses (87 previous year) . Row totals may not add up to 100% due to rounding.
If you have a concern or complaint about any aspect of your experience with Kingham Primary School you should arrange to discuss the matter with the relevant member of staff as soon as possible. This will generally be the class teacher. An appointment can be made to discuss any issues that you wish to raise. This also applies to any concerns about the provision of support for children with special educational needs. This informal approach is almost always the quickest and most effective way of addressing your concerns. It is also helpful to identify what actions might resolve an issue.
If you feel that your concern has not been resolved, then you may speak with or write to the headteacher to make a formal complaint. An appointment with the headteacher can be made through the school office. The headteacher is responsible for the management of the school and its staff and will consider how best to address your complaint.
If you are not satisfied with the response of the headteacher you should write stating your complaint to the Chair of Governors or the Clerk of the Governing Body at the school address. The governors are responsible for overseeing the management of the school and for ensuring that appropriate processes are in operation. The Chair of Governors will endeavour to seek a satisfactory resolution of the issue, either through mediation or if necessary a formal complaints panel hearing.
Further information about how formal complaints will be handled and the complaints panel process is provided in the school Complaints policy.
The local authority does not investigate school matters on behalf of complainants and it will not review how the school has dealt with your complaint.
However, if you feel that the school has acted unreasonably or not followed the correct procedures, you can write to the Secretary of State for Education.
Paper copies of any of the information on the Kingham Primary School web site are also available on request for collection from the school office.
Mrs Harriet Gallimore
Tel: 01608 658366
Kingham Primary School