Welcome to Fitzwilliam Campus - PRIMARY Programme
Williamson Avenue, West Town, PE3 6BA
Centre contact number 01733 978224
Head of Centre : Christina Mitchley
Deputy Head of Centre: Ruth Slater
Administrator: Alison Cheale
Age and stage
Fitzwilliam Campus is for primary pupils aged 5-11 years, who are in school years 1-6
We follow the National Curriculum in all subjects and we teach the same subjects in School as you would find in other schools in the city. In Maths we follow White Rose Maths (www.whiterosemaths.co.uk) and in Literacy we are guided by Talk4Writing and Alan Peat Sentence Types. We access sports competitions, go on schools trips and get into the community as much as we can so that our children can give something back!
All new pupils and their parents / carers are invited to attend an initial meeting and from this the most appropriate provision is identified. This also provides a first opportunity for individual needs to be identified.
There will then be an admission meeting with the Head/Deputy Head of Centre. This is a second opportunity for pupils and their parents/carers to share any concerns they may have, ask questions and meet staff and pupils. It is also a time to discuss the timetable and to ensure that the child and family are fully aware of the expectations placed on them by the school.
Monday – Friday 9.20am – 3.10pm
Free breakfast is available from 9.00am each morning and pupils need to register by 9. 20am
As we are a Citywide provision many of our pupils are eligible for a bus pass on either grounds of distance or welfare. Information will be provided at the admission meeting.
Free School Meals
Many of our pupils qualify for Free Schools Meals and the Pupil Premium Funding this brings into school. Please bring evidence of entitlement to the admissions meeting.
We have a uniform - Black trousers or skirt, white shirt and a school jumper with the school logo. Pupils may wear jewellery appropriate to a school environment but no facial piercings or spiked ear studs.
On arrival at the Academy ALL pupils are expected to hand in their personal possessions and these are secured in an individual bag in a locked cupboard in reception for the duration of the school day and returned at home time.
We have a whole school set of pupil rights and responsibilities.
Teaching and Learning
All our staff are dedicated to enabling our pupils to develop their full potential whilst recognising many of our pupils have had difficult, and often quite negative, experiences of education before coming to us. Being a specialist setting we are able to spend time getting to know each pupil as an individual and working with them to recognise and challenge their barriers to learning.
Our teaching groups are very small in comparison to mainstream, on average 6 pupils per group with at least two staff, so there is ample opportunity to individual attention and support.
Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs and interests of our pupils and develop their full personal and academic potential. A number of our children go back to mainstream. We offer the national curriculum to all students in Primary and they will access a broad and balanced curriculum whilst they are with us.
Here are some of the key ones that we teach.
Maths We teach through White Rose Maths which is a free online Scheme of Work.
Literacy We use Talk4Writing through Primary and we then use this with Alan Peat Sentence types as a means of getting the children to understand sentence structure in their writing.
PE Multi skills games for all children. Small sports games set up throughout the year including, leg cricket, football, hockey, basketball, tennis and table tennis.
ICT/Computing Apps and Programs for creating basic code. Scratch is the main computer programming we do. E-safety is taught through the use of programs and PSHE
PSHE We have a bespoke curriculum that encompasses British Values and we work with the children on this through the year. We have Life Skills that we teach the children.
We are in the process of implementing new Science, Food Tech, Art and DT curriculums over the Summer term.
Behaviour, welfare and personal development
Good attendance and punctuality are essential if pupils are to achieve the maximum benefit from their time at the Learning Centre and these are also key skills for the world of work.
Pupils who arrive late are challenged as to why. Phone calls are made by 9.15am to check on the welfare of the children and if needs be we will do a Safe and Welfare Check on the child’s home. Where there are persistent attendance issues we work in partnership with parents and carers to resolve them effectively.
For full details please see our *Attendance Policy* in the Policies section.
Good behaviour for Learning is also essential and whilst we recognise many of our pupils have additional challenges we have a clear and consistent approach to behaviour in school, which is built on the foundations of our pupil rights and responsibilities.
We have a single school rule: RESPECT : FOR SELF, OTHERS AND PROPERTY
We have a strong restorative approach to incidents of unacceptable behaviour but we do also issue Fixed Term Exclusions where an incident is a serious breach of our school Behaviour Policy.
For full details please see our *Behaviour Policy* in the Policies section.
We have a team of school nurses and also invite other health and care professionals into school to work directly with pupils.
Please ask at any point during your time with us, if you would like to speak to one of our practitioners.
Assessment and Additional Support
All pupils have their literacy and numeracy levels assessed on entry and this determines their individual start point and learning group in these subjects. We are then able to set individual progress and attainment targets. We assess pupil progress every 6 weeks and any emerging support needs will be addressed. Some pupils qualify for additional support with exams. Some pupils require more specialist assessment and where required we will work with parents/carers and professionals to ensure this is undertaken.
For full details please see our *SEND and Disability Policy* in the Policies section.
We have a “zero tolerance” approach to substances and weapons in school. Coming into school under the influence of alcohol or drugs, in possession of alcohol, drugs or drugs paraphernalia will result in the minimum of a Fixed Term Exclusion.
Any pupil found dealing drugs in school, in the vicinity of school, or to other school pupils outside of school will be removed from the Learning Centre and the Police will be informed.
We have a “zero tolerance” approach to weapons in school. Bringing a weapon into school will result. Any pupil found dealing drugs will be removed from the Learning Centre and the Police will be informed. As a protective measure for all pupils, and a clear deterrent, we use a metal detecting wand at our Secondary Centres as a standard part of our daily routine.
All pupils are asked to hand in personal items, including any cigarettes, on their arrival at school and have these secured and returned to them at the end of the school day.
We actively encourage pupils not to smoke through a combination of an extensive PHSE curriculum and an accessible smoking cessation programme delivered in school by health professionals.
We have a ban on energy drinks in school due to their negative impact on behaviour and high sugar content.
If your child arrives in school with an energy drink it will be confiscated.
In our school each and every child, and adult, matters as a unique individual. We exist as a school to ensure all pupils have equal opportunity to access, and actively participate in, a learning and personal development programme which challenges and overcomes their barriers, builds on their strengths and successes, enables and empowers them to understand and achieve their potential and equips for further learning and life.
We do not tolerate discrimination in any form and actively respect, value and celebrate individuality and diversity across the whole school community.
In our school each and every child, and adult, has the right to be and feel safe. We have health and safety, wellbeing and safeguarding at the heart of all we do.
We are a Listening School where safeguarding is everyone’s business and we actively promote a whole school culture of openness, respect and vigilance.
All adults have annual Safeguarding and Prevent training and each Centre has a nominated Safeguarding Lead.