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Our Schools Prospectus
All pupils at The Mendip School have access to a broad and balanced curriculum. The curriculum offer is tailored to meet the individual needs of the pupils
The curriculum consists of:
- Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum
- the National Curriculum, differentiated to meet the needs of individual pupils
- Personal, Social, Health and Moral Education, including Citizenship and Careers Education
- Religious Education
Religious Education and Collective Worship
Religious Education has a special status as part of the basic curriculum and has equal standing in relation to the core and other foundation subjects
- Religious Education is formally timetabled as a subject in its own right
- assemblies are held daily within class bases
- final assembly each week provides an opportunity for individual pupils to share their achievements with the whole school.
The main aims of the sport curriculum are:
- to enable all pupils to develop their physical skills, appropriate to their individual capabilities
- to emphasis performance, working with others, health and hygiene, safety and the ability to plan and review work
A wide range of activities are offered, ranging from more traditional sports such as football, tag rugby, tennis and swimming through to cycling, boccia and hill-walking. Sports competitions will also be arranged within the school.
Homework encompasses a variety of activities and expectations matching the very broad range of ages and abilities of children attending the school.
Homework can include independence and social skills requiring parent/carer support.
Therapists working at The Mendip School include:
Policies available on the school website under our Statutory Information Menu:
Here are some quick links to commonly requested policies
At The Mendip School we:
- expect high standards of behaviour and work at all times
- take a positive approach to behaviour
- encourage pupils to show consideration and care for people and property.
The Mendip School does not tolerate bullying in any of its forms.
It is The Mendip School’s intention to develop attitudes and ways of behaving which respect individuals regardless of their ability, colour, culture, gender or social circumstances.
The school is unequivocally opposed to any form of discrimination and it seeks to form a partnership with pupils, staff, governors and parents to combat ignorance and prejudicial attitudes both in school and in the community as a whole.
We believe the best team is the child, the parent and the teacher working together.
Parents are invited into school three times a year to discuss their child’s progress or review the statement and complete a care plan. A home visit can be made at the request of parents or may be suggested by a member of staff. There are parents evenings and open days during the year.
There are several events during the year to which parents are invited by letter. We are always grateful for your support.
We always contact parents immediately if we are concerned about any aspect of their child’s welfare, progress or behaviour. We hope that parents will let us know of any problems or anxieties which might affect their child, at an early stage.
Our Complaints Procedure is available in full from the school or Here
We believe there is a free flow of information between home and school but recognise there may be times when misunderstandings arise. You may be concerned about aspects of your child’s progress or you may be unhappy about a particular event or activity which you have heard has taken place. In any event, it is important you do not keep a problem or concern to yourself but approach the school.
The first point of contact for a specific concern should always be the appropriate teacher. If you are not sure who is most appropriate, explain the concern to your child’s class teacher, or tutor, who will be able to suggest whom it is best to speak to.
It is preferable if you can agree a time a place to discuss your concerns in peace and quiet rather than at a time when the teacher concerned is possibly surrounded by other children and/or parents. This could be a telephone conversation at an agreed time.
We would expect most problems to be sorted out in this informal way by a frank and open discussion, free from distraction.
Please remember that all members of staff wish to help reassure you by listening to you and helping you.
Sometimes you may still feel dissatisfied with the outcome of your discussions and want to take the matter further. If you are in this situation you may wish to make an appointment to see a Senior Member of staff or the Principal.
If, following your informal discussions, you wish an investigation to be undertaken by the school, you should put your concerns in writing to the Principal. The Principal will at this point ensure you are fully aware of the formal procedure.
Parents also have the right to put their complaint in writing directly to Ofsted.
National Business Unit
5th, 6th and 7th Floors
Or you can fill in an online complaints form at www.ofsted.gov.uk/onlinecomplaints
Tel: 0300 1234 234 Email: email@example.com
We believe that school uniform helps us to encourage an atmosphere of work rather than leisure.
Therefore we do not allow casual clothes to be worn in school.
Further details will be available in the ‘Welcome Pack’ that is sent to you before your child starts school.
Transport is provided free by the home local authority for all pupils attending the school in line with its own home to school transport policy.
Our school day
THE SCHOOL DAY
8.55 am to 9.05 am Registration/Tutorial
9.05 am to 9.35 am Period 1 / Assembly
9.35 am to 10.05 am Period 2 – 30 minutes
10.05 am to 10.35 am Period 3 – 30 minutes
10.35 am to 10.50 am BREAK
10.50 am to 11.20 am Period 4 – 30 minutes
11.20 am to 11.50 am Period 5 – 30 minutes
11.50 am to 12.20 pm Period 6 – 30 minutes
12.20 pm to 1.00 pm LUNCH / AFTERNOON REGISTRATION
1.00 pm to 1.30 pm Period 7 – 30 minutes
1.30 pm to 1.55 pm Period 8 – 25 minutes
1.55 pm to 2.25 pm Period 9 – 30 minutes
2.25 pm to 2.50 pm Period 10 – 25 minutes
2.50 pm to 3.00pm Taxi classrooms for home time
Most lessons are delivered as two periods, i.e. are 1 hour long
Some pupils may have lunch at 11.50 – 12.20 with a longer lunch break.
There is occasionally a whole school assembly on Friday afternoon at 2 pm.
The Menu operates on a rolling programme and meals are cooked on site daily.
The Mendip School is a part of the Food For Life initiative and has a commitment to providing healthy options and a well balanced diet in its school dinners.
Lunch is served in the school dining halls. Dinner money is collected on the first day of each week for the whole week. The cost of a school meal is £2.00 for junior pupils and £2.50 for senior pupils per day.
Arrangements can be made for pupils requiring a special diet for health for religious reasons and a vegetarian/Vegan meal is always available. Pupils not wanting a hot meal can be provided with a freshly prepared sandwich. Pupils can also opt to bring in their own packed lunch.
Please ensure that any drinks are stored in unbreakable containers, no glass bottles or cans please.
All pupils should remain on the premises during lunch times.
The school is also a participant in the Schools Fruit and Vegetable Scheme.
Our eligible pupils receive free fruit and vegetables which they can have every day at school with the hope that they will try and experience new healthy foods and establish a habit of eating them in the future.
The school has also opted in to the Free School Milk that the LEA can provide for those aged between 5-7 and the group that is eligible receives a carton of milk each day at school. Other parents can arrange for milk to be bought in.