Primary at St Gregory the Great

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Children born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 will be starting reception from September 2017.

The closing date for application to primary school starters for September 2017 was 15th January 2017.  Please contact Oxfordshire County Council if you have missed this deadline.  OCC contact number is 01865 815175.

WHAT IF MY CHILD IS ABSENT FROM SCHOOL?

It is very important that all children attend school regularly, but if your child is unwell they should not be sent to school. If you are unsure as to whether your child is ill, it’s always best to take them to their GP who will advise you if they are well enough to attend. If your child has been sick or is suffering from diarrhoea, they can return to school 48 hours after their final bout.

You are expected to inform school on the first day of absence. If we have not heard from you by the close of registration, the school will attempt to contact. Acceptable reasons for absence are: sickness; hospital/dental appointments; religious holidays; attendance at court; funerals etc.  However, all appointments should, where possible, be arranged after the school day or during holidays. School reserves the right to ask to see confirmation of appointments.

Under no circumstances may children leave school by themselves during school hours.  Parents/carers who collect children to go to the doctor, dentist etc must first report to the office and the child will be collected from the classroom.

At St Gregory the Great School we monitor the attendance of each child and contact families where children are absent and the school has not been given a reason or where there is a pattern of absence.

WHAT IF MY CHILD IS LATE?

It is very important that all children are in school on time.  A child will be recorded as late if they arrive in the classroom 15 minutes after the start of the school day.  It is equally as important that children should be picked up from school promptly.  If, for any reason, you are going to be late, please contact the school office, so that we know what is happening.  It can be very distressing for a child if we do not know anything.  All children who are picked up late will be placed in our wrap around care and parents may be charged accordingly.

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE HAVE TO GO AWAY IN TERM TIME?

The law requires that, once a child is on the school’s register, they should be sent to school every day that it is open.  There is no right to time off for holidays and these will not be authorised.

If parents/carers are considering a holiday during term time, for whatever reason, this must be discussed with the Executive Principal well before any bookings are made.  A leave of absence form must be filled in and signed by the Executive Principal.  The holiday will be reported as unauthorised absence, if a child is missing from education, we will inform Oxfordshire County Council.  Unauthorised absence of more than two weeks may result in the child being taken off roll and the place being given to the next child on our waiting list.

PRIMARY SCHOOL ADDRESS

St Gregory the Great Catholic School
Cricket Road
Oxford
OX4 3DR

PRIMARY SCHOOL CONTACT NUMBER

01865 749 933 ext 263 and 209

PRIMARY SCHOOL EMAIL

sgp@dbmac.org.uk

Why were National Curriculum Levels Abolished?

CREATIVE SKILLS BASED CURRICULUM

At St Gregory’s the Great we believe that for children to be able to succeed and achieve throughout their life they need to have had meaningful and exciting learning experiences and to have been taught knowledge through the progression of key skills.

At the heart of our curriculum are the Characteristics of Effective Learning.

  • Active Learning (Engagement)
  • Playing and Exploring (Motivation)
  • Creative and Critical Thinking (Thinking)

Children are taught through creative topics that cover key skills and knowledge appropriate to their age and stage. These topics will run on a two year cycle and be taught across Key Stage phases.

Each topic will be balanced between subject content (the facts) and subject process (how children learn and the sequence of learning). All the subject processes can be described as ‘I am behaving like a…historian/ scientist/gymnast etc.  Each topic will follow the ‘The big curriculum’ process cycle. During their time at school children will develop their understanding of the process and by Year 6 should be able to manage it independently.

If your child is already at our school:

to get in touch with FSU please email FSUSGP@dbmac.org.uk

At St Gregory the Great we want to provide possibilities to open up the world to our pupils. All children will have access to lessons with specialist Music and Physical Education Teachers. All Children will be offered the opportunity to go on at least three school trips a year and to a Christmas Performance, along with the following outdoor learning guarantee to develop an understanding the wider environment through outdoor learning opportunities, by providing opportunities for our children to learn how to balance risks against benefits

Every Learner will have opportunities to explore adventurous activities, natural environments, farms and the countryside, art, and creativity. Below is a table that outlines how this might look. This will be reviewed yearly and may change based upon events in locality and interests of pupils.

Nursery & Reception

Years 1 & 2

Years 3 & 4

Years 5 & 6

Forest School All children will participate in ForestSchool each year.
ADVENTUROUS ACTIVITIES Explore the Playground Equipment at FlorencePark (zip wire)To walk up and roll down a hill. Walk and play on a beach.Go on a treasure hunt. To stay away from home for one night.Visit a castle prison cell. To stay away from home for four nights on a residential trip.
CREATIVE   Make a mud cake and create a petal potionPaint using their hands and feet outside. Create a circus act in our yurt.Make your own rock pool. Build a sand sculptureMake a sculpture outside using natural materials. Create a clay sculptureBuild a den or shelter.
PHYSICAL   Complete a circuit of a track using a bike or scooterComplete an obstacle course Make and fly a kiteCreate an obstacle course Skim a stoneClimb a tree Build a fireCook on a fire
THE COUNTRYSIDE Cook with farm ingredientsMini-beast Hunt Visit a dark cave.Fruit picking. High ropes courseSit on a horse or pony. Raft buildingExperience Geo-caching and orienteering
ENVIORNMENT SKILLS Grow Plants and vegetables to eatSecretGarden Grow Plants and vegetable to cookSecretGarden

There are 24 places at the Breakfast Club and the After School Club available please contact the Primary Office for more details and forms.

If your child is already at our school, to get in touch with Lower School please email LSSGP@dbmac.org.uk

FAMILY LUNCH

St Gregory’s Primary Phase operates a family lunch for all children. Staff and Children eat together and this is a key time for children and staff to talk and share, to develop a close-knit community.

From September 2014 Free School meals are available for children in Reception until the Term after they turn 7 in Year 2. After which, they are available to those families in receipt of Child Tax Credits, Job Seekers’ Allowance or Income Support. Please complete the relevant form which is available from the office.

You may choose to bring a packed lunch each day. Packed lunches need to provide your child with healthy options and a balanced selection of food, e.g. sandwich, wraps, pasta, fruits and vegetables, juice or water. Sweets, chocolate bars and Nuts are not permitted in packed lunches.

Those children attending the afternoon nursery session can also choose to pay for a school lunch (£2:10) or bring in a packed lunch.

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As a Parent/Carer you are your child’s first teacher and your involvement is an essential part of your child’s progress and development. We recognise that the education of your child is a shared venture – shared between you, your child and the staff at St. Gregory the Great.

We view a strong and open relationship between teachers, parents/carers and children as vital for children’s educational progress, well-being and success in the wider community. We each have our part to play and we welcome your support and involvement.

As a Catholic school we regard every individual as unique and special in God’s family. It is a primary aim of our school that every member of the school community feels valued and respected, and that each person is treated fairly. The school expects every member of its community to behave in a considerate way towards others. We aim to help children to grow in a safe and secure environment, and to become positive, responsible and increasingly independent members of the school and wider community as a whole. The school rewards good behaviour, as it believes that this will develop an ethos of kindness and co-operation.

Our Golden Rules Are

  • We are gentle
  • We are kind and helpful
  • We listen
  • We are honest
  • We work hard
  • We look after property

MEDICINES

Children who need medicine as part of a chronic condition, such as asthma, attend the office for their medicine as necessary. A member of staff will complete a care plan with parent/carers for their child.

There are occasions when children are prescribed medicines. If your child is well enough to return to school and needs to complete their course of medication, please speak to the office as each case is different.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD BECOMES ILL DURING THE DAY?

One of our first aiders will administer first aid and a member of staff will call and ask you to collect your child, if necessary.  It is essential that we have up to date contact details, both your home and work telephone numbers, so that contact can be made in an emergency.

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

Many children at some stage of their learning have special educational needs which may include further developing their gifts, talents, learning, emotions or behaviour. Often these needs can be met by pupils having access to a variety of different activities to suit their learning as well as additional support from their teacher.

Sometimes extra external support can be arranged by our Assistant Principal for Inclusion, such as an educational psychologist or support teacher. If we are still not meeting a child’s needs, we will ask for a full assessment by the Local Authority. Parental/carer involvement and permission will be sought at every stage of the process. We will strive to enable all our learners to achieve their full potential through provision of this support.

MORE ABLE, TALENTED, GIFTED CHILDREN

Teaching staff provide differentiated activities and a range of support and resources for more able, gifted and talented pupils.

ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE (EAL)

At St Greg’s we have a specialist EAL department, with access to translators and bi-lingual teaching staff. We aim to respond to the fact that many of our pupils use two languages in their everyday lives. We welcome all new arrivals into our school and offer them support to adjust to their new circumstances and to acquire English and develop further their home language.

SAFEGUARDING PUPILS

VIEW OUR SAFEGUARDING POLICY

Nursery AM

Nursery PM

Reception

Years 1 & 2

Years 3 – 6

Breakfast Club 7:30 -8:30

7:30 -8:30

7:30 -8:30

7:30 -8:30

Registration

8:30

11:45

8.30- 8:45

8.30-8.40

8.30-8.35

Morning Learning and Teaching Session 1

Incl. Snack time

Incl. Lunch time

8.45

Incl. learning break, snack and Assembly

8.40

Incl. learning break, snack and Assembly

8.35

Incl. learning break, snack and Assembly

Recognise, Reflect and Review

11.15

2.30

11.30

11.30

12.00

Lunch

12.00

12.00

12.15

12.30

Learning and Teaching Session 2

12.30

12.30

12.30

1.45

School Finishes

11:30

2:45

(2:30 Wednesday)

2.45

(2.30 Wednesday)

2.45

(2.30 Wednesday)

2.50

(2.35 Wednesday)

After School ClubNot Wednesdays

2.45 -5.30

2.45 -5.30

2.45 -5.30

2.45 -5.30

Term 3

Wednesday 4th January 2017 – Friday 10th February 2017
February Holiday Monday 13th February – Friday 17th February 2017

Term 4

Monday 20th February – Friday 7th April 2017 (early closure)
Easter Holiday Monday 10th April – Friday 21st April 2017

Term 5

Monday 24th April 2017 – Friday 26th May 2017. (Bank Holiday Monday 1st May) No Students in School
May Holiday Monday 29th May – Friday 2nd June 2017

Term 6

Monday 5th June 2017 – Friday 21st July 2017 (early closure)

We want all children to feel that they belong to the community of St Gregory’s and for this reason we have a school uniform that all children are expected to wear throughout their time at school from Nursery onwards.

We are grateful to parents/carers for their full support in seeing that high standards are maintained in the wearing of uniform, tidiness and cleanliness. We ask all parents/carers to make sure all uniform is named

As part of our outdoor learning policy children will have access to the outdoor all year round. It is therefore essential for all children to have a coat, hat and gloves in the winter and a sun hat and sunscreen for the summer.

NURSERY TO YEAR FOUR

  • St Gregory the Great Navy School Sweatshirt or Cardigan *
  • Yellow polo shirt
  • Navy Pinafore dress or trousers
  • Yellow Summer dress or St Gregory the Great Yellow T-Shirt* and  navy shorts (optional)
  • St Gregory the Great Yellow T-shirt* (optional)
  • Navy Tights, Black or White Socks
  • Indoor shoes (black/navy plimsolls or crocs)
  • Outdoor learning shoes (Welly boots or sturdy shoes)

YEARS FIVE AND SIX

  • St Gregory the Great Navy School Sweatshirt or Cardigan *
  • White Long sleeved Shirt
  • Navy Skirt or trousers
  • St Gregory the Great School Tie *
  • Yellow Summer dress or White short sleeved shirt and  navy shorts (optional)
  • Navy Tights, Black or White Socks
  • Indoor shoes (black/navy plimsolls or crocs)
  • Outdoor learning shoes (Welly boots or sturdy shoes)

SPORTS KIT (BOYS AND GIRLS)

  • Plain round neck t-shirt or St Gregory the Great Yellow T-shirt*
  • Plain shorts
  • Fleece or Non-Hooded top in winter
  • Plain navy blue jogging bottoms (optional)
  • Plimsolls/trainers

*Available to order via Brigade

Principal’s Welcome

Welcome to St Gregory the Great 4 -19 Catholic School and what we hope will be a long and happy association between parents, students and staff. Welcome to our school; the only Catholic secondary school in Oxford City, and one of only two Catholic secondary schools in Oxfordshire. At St Gregory’s we pride ourselves on [...]