Sandford Hill Primary The prospectus

Thoughtfulness and Respect.

On behalf of all the children and staff, may I take this opportunity to warmly welcome you to our school. We hope that this prospectus will give you a good idea of what our friendly school is like. However, if you would like to know anything further, please just call and ask, view our website or even better, make an appointment and come and visit us. We are all proud of our school and our 'Thoughtful and Respectful' children. Please though, don't just take our word for it - come and see for yourself. We'd be delighted to show you around!

Mr Wardle (Headteacher)

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum,

Aims and Ethos.

We aim to maintain a safe, caring, stimulating learning environment; encouraging all pupils to show 'Thoughtfulness and Respect' to all.

Performing at Mitchell Memorial Theatre


Sandford Hill Primary School caters for the needs of children aged 3 - 11 and has a capacity of 480 pupils. Stoke on Trent City Council is the admissions authority and we currently have a standard admission number of 60 children per year group.

If you would like to apply for a place in our Nursery or Reception classes, you should do so at www.stoke.gov.uk, alternatively, click on the link below:

The admission number for Sandford Hill’s Nursery is 60 children. From September 2018 onwards, Sandford Hill Primary offers the statutory 15 hours funded by the local authority Monday to Friday Fri 9.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.

For children starting Nursery in September 2018, an additional 15 hours for afternoon provision will be chargeable at a rate of £10 per week, Monday to Friday until 3.00 p.m. This charge will be reviewed annually by Governors and amended as appropriate.

For working parents of 16 hours or more a week, Government funding is available to cover these charges. For eligibility and application information, click on www.childcarechoices.gov.uk and scroll down to “30 hours free childcare”.

Nursery education is non-statutory and is entirely separate from reception class admissions. Admission to the nursery DOES NOT guarantee a place in our school’s reception class.

Admissions for an In - Year Transfer, should be made directly to our main office.

Painting a picture in our EYFS setting

"I like this school because if you're struggling, there's always a member of staff there to help you." Chloe Y1

Early Years Foundation Stage

Our very youngest children are located in a purpose built Early Years Unit, which caters for pupils aged 3 - 5 years. We operate an 'open door' policy and ask that you come into the classroom each morning and afternoon, to settle and collect your child.

Our Early Years unit has ready access to our extensive outdoor play facilities. We recognise that outdoor provision is an essential part of our children's day as it allows them to develop greater control of their bodies by running, jumping, climbing and exploring. We offer the children the opportunity for free flow use of outdoors for most of the day and we access the curriculum both indoors and outdoors.

Creative play

Parents of children who are just starting their Early Years education are offered home visits, as this provides early years practitioners with the opportunity to meet with you in your own home. This has been very popular with parents; the majority of whom have requested visits.

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 1 caters for children up to the age of 7 and is located on the ground floor of our main building.

Key Stage 2

Key Stage 2 caters for children up to the age of 11 and is mostly based on the first floor of our main building. Classes are of mixed ability, although the children may be grouped according to their specific needs. When the children leave us at the end of Year Six, they feed into a number of local High Schools; with which we have excellent links.

Role play and educational visits are an important part of Sandford Hill.

Teaching and Learning

We aim to put the children at the centre of everything we do. As a school, we place great emphasis on developing the skills of resourcefulness, resilience and co-operation with others. As a school we believe in inclusion and nurture. Children identified as having Special Educational Needs are located in each mainstream class. These children may receive additional help and provision from specialist support staff; under the direction of our Inclusion Leader.

Teachers follow the National Curriculum and we focus on developing reading, writing and maths skills. English and maths are taught during morning lessons, during which the children may be grouped to best suit their abilities. Work is carefully tailored to match the needs of the learners. The children also benefit from specialist music, dance, modern foreign language and swimming tuition.

Developing fluent and confident readers is a school priority.

All classes are equipped with large interactive touch screens and we also have extensive banks of laptops and iPads, which the children access regularly to support their learning. Every week, each class teacher spends half a day outside of their teaching duties to concentrate on lesson planning and evaluating the children's learning. At these times, the class is still taught by a fully qualified class teacher.

iPads to support learning across the curriculum

We also enjoy strong links with the local community and parish church. We pride ourselves on our caring approach towards the children and as such, there is regular contact with parents and carers to ensure that the welfare of all children is maintained. Information evenings for parents are held regularly throughout the year and parents are also invited into school to join us for 'special days'. As a healthy school, all children are encouraged to eat healthy options and to take part in many different sports.

We enjoy close links with St Mary and St Chad's: our local church

Throughout the school, we have two classes per year group. Classes are well resourced and we also have our own library, which all of the children access regularly. The children in our Early Years setting, are also taken regularly to Longton Library.

The school has its own kitchen and produces fresh meals each day. Menus are shared on our website and special diets are catered for. We also have extensive grounds and three playground areas, which have a purpose built trim trails and slides for the children to enjoy. As well as these, we also have a Science garden, pond area and butterfly garden; designed in memory of a former pupil.

Our school kitchen prepares fresh meals daily and can cater for special diets too.

As a school we strive to bring the curriculum alive by regularly taking the children on educational visits throughout the year to places such as The National Memorial Arboretum, the Dewa at Chester, Llandudno, West Midlands Safari Park, Jodrell Bank and also to local venues, such as museums, the fire station, shops and parks. Our Year Six children are also taken on a week long residential visit to Stanley Head Outdoor Education Centre. Parents are able to share in the children's experiences as we regularly tweet and blog about them.

Before school each morning, our Home / School Link Worker runs our Breakfast Club for invited children. As well as this, there is also a privately run on-site before and after school club, which is located in a purpose built classroom.

Lest we forget!

Academic Achievement

The children of Sandford Hill consistently achieve results which are better than both the local and national average.

During the early years a baseline assessment is made of the children across a number of early learning goals.


Throughout Key Stage 1, ongoing assessments are carried out and the children are made aware of their learning targets.

Children in Year 1 are assessed on their phonic knowledge and Phonics Screening assessments take place in June. These light touch assessments help further identify any children who may need extra help. These children are then given additional support to help improve their reading skills.

Children in Year 2 take Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) in English grammar, spelling and punctuation, reading and mathematics; traditionally in the Summer Term. The children's performance in these tests, together with ongoing assessments enable teachers to judge the children's attainment. Additional intervention groups are provided to ensure the children meet their learning targets.

In Year 6 the children take KS2 SATs in English grammar, spelling and punctuation, reading and mathematics. Information evenings are held with parents to discuss how we can all work together to support the children and structured revision packs are also provided.

Extra Curricular

We have excellent facilities and these are used extensively by all of our staff to provide extra-curricular activities for the children. We aim for the children to not only participate for enjoyment, but for those with obvious high ability, to ultimately represent the school, town or even the city in the events which they pursue. Some of the extra-curricular clubs that we offer include: Cricket, Football, Netball, Art, Enterprise, Dance, Choir, Equality, Gardening, Gymnastics, Cross Country, Rugby, Fitzy Fox Fitness, Recorders, Lego, Gymnastics Glee Club, iPad. Bikeabilty and Scooterbility training also takes place with the support of Local Authority approved adult helpers.

Our school choir performs across the city.

Children have the opportunity to learn musical instruments.

Governor support

As well as our extensive extra-curricular activities, children in Year 6 are also taken on a week long residential visit to Stanley Head Outdoor Education Centre. On certain Fridays we also hold a Youth Club for our pupils at which parents, friends and staff organise a range of games and activities. Throughout the year we hold fund-raising, social and educational events and we also regularly host adult learning workshops, led by our Home / School Worker.

Thoughtfulness and Respect

Tel: 01782 235511/235518/235781

Mail: office@sandfordhill.org.uk

Web: www.sandfordhill.org.uk

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