Trafalgar Road, Colchester, Essex CO3 9AS

01206 573519

Lexden Primary School

Community, Courage, Curiosity and Commitment

Policies

Remote Learning Policy

This remote learning policy for staff aims to:

  • Ensure consistency in the approach to remote learning for pupils who are not in school
  • Set out expectations for all members of the school community with regards to remote learning
  • Provide appropriate guidelines for data protection

LOCKDOWN CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

Schools and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children and, in conjunction with other agencies, they play a vital role in safeguarding children during the current emergency arrangements.  This policy is an addition to our existing Child Protection Policy and has been produced to cover arrangements in place during school closure due to COVID-19.

Positive Feedback Policy

Effective feedback is integral to effective teaching and learning.  It contributes to a continuous drive to improve assessment for learning across the school and impacts directly on pupil’s subsequent learning.

eSafety and Data Security

ICT in the 21st Century is an essential resource to support learning and teaching, as well as playing an important role in the everyday lives of children, young people and adults.  Consequently, schools need to build in the use of these technologies in order to arm our young people with the skills to access life-long learning and employment.

Calculation Policy

This calculation policy has been written in line with the programmes of study taken from the revised National Curriculum for Mathematics (2014). It provides guidance on appropriate calculation methods and progression. The content is set out in yearly blocks under the following headings: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Anti Bullying Policy

We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our pupils so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our school. If bullying does occur, all pupils should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We are a TELLING school. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the staff. Behaviour Policy

Homework Policy

A good, well-managed homework programme helps children and young people to develop the skills and attitudes they will need for successful lifelong learning. Homework also supports the development of independent learning skills and provides parents/carers with an opportunity to take part in their children's education.

Attendance and Leave of Absence Policy

Lexden Primary School is committed to providing high quality inclusive learning opportunities for all pupils. We believe that if pupils are to achieve their best, then excellent attendance is crucial. It is the policy of Lexden Primary School to celebrate achievement. Full attendance is a critical factor in ensuring positive educational outcomes for our pupils.

SEND policy

Lexden Primary School is committed to providing an appropriate and high quality education to all children. Our school provides a broad and balanced curriculum for all children. The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and National Curriculum are our starting points for planning that meets the specific needs of individuals and groups of children. When planning, teachers set suitable learning challenges and respond to children’s diverse learning needs. Some children have barriers to learning that mean they have special needs and require particular action by the school. 

For more information, please click on the SEN tab.

Child Protection Policy

Schools and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child. 

Lexden Primary School Uniform Guidelines

Boys: White, long or short sleeved shirts Grey or black long, smart trousers, or smart grey shorts in warmer weather Royal Blue jumper School tie.

Girls: White blouse, long or short sleeved Grey or black skirts, trousers or pinafores Blue and white summer dresses can be worn in warmer weather Royal Blue cardigan or jumper School tie.

Complaints Policy

The school encourages feedback or opinions from pupils and parents. In practice this dialogue is continuous, sometimes directly and also indirectly, for example, through the Parents’ Association. It may not always be possible to act immediately but pupils and the school always benefit so please don't hold back. 

Food Policy

Lexden Primary School actively supports healthy eating and drinking throughout the school day. Our aim is to

  • ensure that all aspects of food and nutrition in school promote the health and wellbeing of pupils, staff and visitors to the school;
  • actively support the ‘5 a day’ campaign to encourage children to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day;
  • be a ‘Nut Aware’ school (refer to the Food Allergy Policy attached);
  • provide nutritious, healthy school meals cooked fresh each day;
  • promote consumption of healthy lunch box food by providing guidelines for parents/carers;
  • provide a clean, safe and enjoyable environment for pupils, staff and visitors to enjoy their food;
  • ensure that there is access to nutritious food and a safe, easily available water supply;
  • ensure that food provision in the school reflects ethical and medical requirements.

Admission Policy

All applications for places in our school must be made through the Local Authority, Essex County Council. Admissions can be contacted on Tel:  033301 32244 or via www.essex.gov.uk. Please read the School Admission Policies Directory North East Essex, available on their site, for full details of admissions into our school .  

Lexden Primary School offers enhanced provision of 18 places for children with a hearing impairment who have an (EHCP) Education Health Care Plan. Applications for one of these places should be made through the Statutory Assessment Service in the first instance.

The school also has a 26 place Nursery Class. Children are eligible for a place (subject to availability) from the term after their third birthday. The school manages applications for nursery places, please go to the Nursery tab on this website for more information.

Behaviour Policy

We aim to provide all children with a sound foundation of skills, knowledge, attitudes and values that will enable them to be lifelong learners, and to play a positive role in society. This involves teaching children to make a positive contribution to their community both in school and beyond the school gates. We believe that our school provides a safe and supportive community in which children can learn to apply these skills and attitudes. 

Sports Team Selection Policy

Our sports team selection policy throughout the school is to encourage students to enjoy all aspects of PE whether it is competitive, creative or individual. This encourages young people to actively engage and participate in physical activity and sport throughout their lives, which have many health and social benefits.

Sex and Relationship Policy

 Sex and Relationship Education is about the emotional, social and cultural development of pupils and involves learning about relationships, sexual health, sexuality, healthy lifestyles, diversity and personal identity. It involves a combination of sharing information and exploring issues and values. Sex and Relationship Education is not about the promotion of sexual activity.

English Policy

The study of English develops children’s ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes, including the communication of their ideas, views and feelings. Children are enabled to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as of non-fiction and media texts. Children gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. Children use their knowledge, skills and understanding in speaking and writing across a range of different situations.

Handwriting Policy

At Lexden we aim for our children to leave in Year 6 with the ability to write using their own style of fast, fluent, legible and sustainable handwriting, as well as other styles of writing for specific purposes. In addition to teaching handwriting during our regular handwriting lessons, we have high expectations that what is taught and practiced in handwriting lessons will be used in all writing activities. We believe that handwriting is integral to a child’s personal development and know that children’s engagement and self-esteem can be improved by their satisfaction and pride in good quality presentation.