Key Information

The following information is published in line with the new regulations for specific on-line information required by the Government. Further details and information about our school can be seen in our prospectus, which can be seen on this site. Click here to see our prospectus 2016-2017-prospectus

Contact details

Gotham Primary School, School Kegworth Road, Gotham, Notts, NG11 0JS

All enquiries to Mrs Cox telephone 0115 9149751 or Mrs Hughes office@gotham.notts.sch.uk

Our Mission Statement

BEING THE BEST WE CAN BE TOGETHER!

At Gotham Primary School we are proud to provide a safe, stimulating and inclusive learning environment where every member of our community is valued and respected. Our broad, balanced, creative curriculum and enrichment activities provide opportunities for everyone to achieve and succeed,

We celebrate our achievements, differences and cultural diversity, irrespective of individual differences within the protected categories of the Equality Act of 2010. Together we take pride in making a positive contribution to our school and the wider community.

Click here to see how we try to be the best we can be!  being-the-best-we-can-be-together

Admissions

Our children are all in single year-group classes.  We try to keep each of these under 30 wherever we can. Our PAN is 30 and our capacity is 210.

First admissions to school

To apply for a school place at Gotham Primary you will need to contact Nottinghamshire County Council Admissions (Nottingham City Council if you live within the City Boundary).

Details about the application process including ‘when to apply’ can be found at  http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/education/school-admissions/apply-for-a-school-place

Foundation Stage 2 pupils are admitted into our school in the September following their 4th birthday. The children who join our school come from a wide variety of pre-school settings, so to ensure a smooth transition we set up opportunities for them to visit, and for out FS2 Teacher to visit the children in their setting. We hold an Induction Meeting for new parents in July to introduce key members of staff and outline the provision of our school.

During the first week in school our reception pupils attend during the morning session only in order to acclimatise them into the school routine.

Transferring from another school (In-year Admissions)

Children sometimes transfer to our school from another school. If you wish your child to transfer from another school to us you need to contact Nottinghamshire County Council Admissions on 0300 500 8080 to apply for a school place.

We invite all new pupils to visit the school and we will arrange an appointment so that you can accompany your child on a tour of the school and answer any queries that you may have.

Nottinghamshire County Council is our admissions authority. Click here to see admissions  information  http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/education/school-admissions/admission-arrangements-2017-2018

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Strategy Pupil Premium Strategy statement 2016-17

Click here to see how we allocated out Pupil Premium Funding in the last academic year

Click here to see the impact the expenditure of our Pupil Premium

Curriculum

We deliver the Foundation Subjects on a rolling programme of time allocations throughout the year. .

Click here to see the Whole School Curriculum plan for Years 1-6 showing the subject coverage throughout the year. 2016-2017-curriculum-plan-version-3

Click here to see our Governor Curriculum Statement   currciulum-statement-2016

In order to inform parents in more detail about the content of the curriculum blocks issue termly Curriculum Plans. These also give an indication of some of what will be covered in mathematics and in SPAG (spelling punctuation and grammar).

  1. FS2 Curriculum Plan Autumn Term 2016   curriculum-plan-for-oak-class-autumn-term-2016
  2. FS2 Homework Plan for Autumn Term 2016 homework-plan-for-oak-class-autumn-term-2016
  3. Year 1 Curriculum Plan Autumn Term  2016   curriculum-plan-for-beech-class-autumn-term-2016
  4. Year 2 Curriculum Plan Autumn Term  2016  curriculum-plan-for-chestnut-class-autumn-term-2016
  5. Year 3 Curriculum Plan Autumn Term  2016 curriculum-plan-for-willow-class-autumn-term-2016
  6. Year 4 Curriculum Plan Autumn Term  2016  curriculum-plan-for-sycamore-class-autumn-term-2016
  7. Year 5 Curriculum Plan Autumn Term  2016  curriculum-plan-for-cedar-class-autumn-term-2016
  8. Year 6 Curriculum Plan Autumn Term  2016   curriculum-plan-for-maple-class-autumn-term-2016

My Maths Homework

Please find below the link to My Maths for your homework.

If you need any further support please ask Mrs Swinfield who is our Maths coordinator.

http://www.mymaths.co.uk

Creative Curriculum Homework

We know from research that all pupils have different learning styles – some are visual learners , others work well with words and writing, many learn best from practical hands on activities e.g.  through making things, art or music. Creative Curriculum Homework activities are intended to be as open-ended as possible, allowing the children to reflect on their learning in class in a creative way and for the children to make their own decisions on how to collect and to record and present their homework.

Each half term the children are given a menu of different activities from which to choose a project for the half term. (See below)  Children  may choose to do more than one homework project if they wish, so long as all their pieces reflect their best work.

Each half term we have a Creative Curriculum Homework showcase to which parents and grandparents are invited.

  1. Year 1 Creative Curriculum Homework  Autumn 1    homework-plan-for-beech-class-autumn-term-2016
  2. Year 2 Creative Curriculum Homework  Autumn 1 homework-plan-for-chestnut-class-autumn-term-2016
  3. Year 3 Creative Curriculum Homework  Autumn 1 homework-plan-for-willow-class-autumn-term-2016
  4. Year 4 Creative Curriculum Homework  Autumn 1 homework-plan-for-sycamore-class-autumn-term-2016
  5. Year 5 Creative Curriculum Homework  Autumn 1 homework-plan-for-cedar-class-autumn-term-2016
  6. Year 6 Creative Curriculum Homework  Autumn 1 homework-plan-for-maple-class-autumn-term-2016
  1. Year 1 Creative Curriculum Homework  Autumn 2  homework-plan-for-beech-class-autumn-term-2-2016
  2. Year 2 Creative Curriculum Homework  Autumn 2  homework-plan-for-chestnut-class-autumn-term-2-2016
  3. Year 3 Creative Curriculum Homework  Autumn 2  homework-for-willow-class-autumn-term-2-2016
  4. Year 4 Creative Curriculum Homework  Autumn 2  homework-plan-for-sycamore-class-autumn-term-2-2016
  5. Year 5 Creative Curriculum Homework  Autumn 2
  6. Year 6 Creative Curriculum Homework  Autumn 2  homework-plan-for-maple-class-autumn-term-2-2016

Behaviour

.Our children know that there is an expectation that everyone will try to “be the best they can be” in line with our school motto. Our school code of conduct hinges on a single word “Respect” which can be shown as self-respect, respect for other people and respect for property.

Children who show respect and try their best are amply rewarded with merits, House Points, stickers and certificates.

Click here to see our class traffic light chart. keen-to-stay-in-the-green

Click here to read more about Respect respect

Click here to read our Behaviour Policy  behaviour-policy-2016

Click here to read our Anti-Bullying Guidance and Policy anti-bullying-policy-2016

Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs and provision can be considered as falling under four broad areas:

(2014 Code of Practice)

  1. Communication and interaction
  2. Cognition and learning
  3. Social, mental and emotional health
  4. Sensory and/or physical

Children are assessed regularly to ensure that they are making the expected progress. Some children can be identified as ‘not making progress’ and will therefore receive some extra help and support. The class teacher is usually the first person to notice that the child needs extra help. If this is the case then they will ask for a meeting with the SENCO to discuss strategies. If these strategies are not working and the child is becoming significantly behind their peers in any area then a discussion with parents/carers about the possibility of putting the child on the SEN register will take place.

Once a discussion has taken place, a final decision will be made by parents/carers, the class teacher and the SENCO regarding the next appropriate steps.

If you have any concerns regarding your child then please raise your concerns with the class teacher and/or the SENCO.

Special Educational Needs and/or Disability

At Gotham Primary, we aim to provide every child with access to a broad and balanced education. This includes the National Curriculum in line with the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.

  • The staff and governors support a whole school approach to Special Educational Needs. We work together as a team, collaborating and co-coordinating all that we do for the benefit of all children.
  • We believe in fully including all children.
  • We recognise that all children may have special educational needs at some point in their education. We aim to provide teaching methods, resources and learning opportunities that are adapted to meet the needs of all children.
  • We aim to work closely with parents/carers, keeping them informed about their child’s learning and encouraging a partnership between home and school
  • Wherever possible, we aim to share learning objectives with all children, including those with special educational needs, to involve them in evaluating their progress and setting new targets.

Click here to see our SEN Policy  sen-policy-sept-2016

Click this link to see our local offer

Disability Provision

We are extremely lucky to occupy a building that was built to comply with DDA regulations. Our building is fully wheelchair friendly, and we have a hearing loop in the main hall should we need to use it.   Click here to see our Access Plan  access-plan-2016

Financial Statement

Please find attached the latest Governors Year End Statement

2748 Governors Statement 2016-2017 2748-Governor’s Statement 2016-171

2748 Governor’s Statement 2015 – 16 2748-governors-statement-2015-161

PE and Sport Premium for Primary Schools

We see Physical Education as inclusive and an integral part of developing the ‘Whole Child’. Our vision for PE is to provide quality provision, increasing overall levels of enjoyment, fitness and participation. As a result, sport not only contributes to the physical development of pupils within our care but also makes a huge contribution to the pupils’ personal well-being and enjoyment of school.

Funding

In 2015/16 Gotham Primary received £8815 in additional funding to support and promote sport, PE and physical activity. This money was spent on employing Mr Mark Tinsley, a sports coach, to work alongside our teachers to deliver the PE curriculum.

At Gotham we have used the Primary School Premium funding to focus on the following:

  • Quality and provision within school
  • Participation
  •  Health and long term fitness
  • Improving good practice
  • Taking part in Rushcliffe Schools Competitions

For the academic year 2016 / 2017 we again have spent our funding of £8855 on employing Mr Tinsley  to work alongside class teachers to deliver high quality PE lessons across FS2, KS1 and KS2.This ensures that our teachers are trained to deliver quality lessons which systematically teach children key skills which are then embedded through out all PE lessons.

Mr Tinsley has increased participation through lunch time clubs and also enhances extra-curricular provision with a range of after school clubs.  A variety of clubs are offered to FS2, KS1 & KS2 and different sports are offered each half term examples of these are:-

KS2 Football, Y1&Yr2 Handball, Yr1&2 Gymnastics, FS2 & KS1 Music to Movement, KS2 Dodgeball, KS1 Tennis, KS2 American Sports.

Mr Tinsley also runs our school football team and organises inter-school matches.

At Gotham, in year 3, all children go swimming as part of the curriculum but this is funded from the school budget. 

Monitoring and Impact

Our sports coach has contributed towards an engaging PE curriculum for all year groups, increasing attitudes and contributions towards school sport. Our after school clubs continue to run twice a week, offering a range of sports and encouraging different groups of children to attend throughout the year. It is great to see more young pupils engaging and enjoying these clubs, as well as some regular attenders who are keen to attend each club. We also encourage pupil premium children to attend by inviting them specifically. They enjoy playing matches in interschool competitions and share their success in school council assemblies.

The Rushcliffe School’s ‘Change for life’ festival encouraged a number of our less engaged pupils to have improved participation and a number of them have now signed up to the next after school club. Our coach also works with small groups of SEND and PP children during lunchtimes to support their participation in intraschool games and competitions.

Increased participation has shown a rise in both attitudes and attainment with pupils. This is monitored on a half termly basis through our individual assessment tracker. Hopefully, with the continuation of our sport premium funding, this is something that is sustainable as the children further develop their skills in PE and sport.