Dear Parents and Carers,
Parents, carers and guardians play a very important role in the academic success and personal development of children. We need your support in order to be totally successful in providing the best experience for your child at St Nicholas.
When parents, staff and pupils work together as part of the same team it makes an enormous difference to your child’s well-being and performance. A large part of this teamwork is effective communication between home and school and it is for this reason we have created our Parent Handbook to ensure you feel well enough informed about St Nicholas CE Primary Academy to help your child to succeed.
We have tried to be comprehensive but when you have particular questions, concerns or suggestions for improvement that are not covered in this handbook, please do come forward and let us know. Please also take advantage of the regular parent drop in consultations, learning walks and parent forums that are scheduled throughout each term.
Learning thrives in an atmosphere of encouragement, positivity, challenge and high expectations. Our Code of Conduct is based around mutual respect; we have high expectations of the behaviour of our pupils and the commitment of our staff.
As a Church of England Academy our Christian faith permeates all aspects of school life, we endeavour to ensure that everyone is treated with equality, fairness, love and respect. We are committed to working with you, the parents and carers, to help our children become, confident individuals, responsible citizens, effective contributors, and successful learners.
Church School Status
As a Church of England Primary Academy we value our association with St Nicholas Church. The school celebrates Harvest, Christmas and Easter at the church and a service is held to say farewell to the Year 6 children at the end of the summer term. The children take part in collective worship every day which is Christian in nature following the Anglican tradition. Moral messages from other major world religions may also be included.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education and the daily collective worship. Any parent wishing to do so is asked to discuss the matter with the Headteacher.
A Community Academy
The Headteacher, Governors and staff firmly believe that St Nicholas CE Primary Academy should be a centre for community life in New Romney and the surrounding area. To this end the Headteacher and the governing body have embarked upon many initiatives to open the school to the wider community.
St Nicholas CE Primary Academy welcomes local groups to use its accommodation and facilities. These include two halls, catering kitchen and playing fields. Many local groups including Brownies, Slimming World and Weight Watchers, use the Academy’s facilities on a weekly basis.
New Romney Children’s Centre is located adjacent to the school site offering a wide range of resources to the local community including toddler groups, adult education and signposting to a wide variety of support groups. Please contact the Children’s Centre on 03000 420000 for further details
St Nicholas is also fortunate to have a nursery provider on site offering an exciting range of activities for pre-school age children. For more information please see the enclosed flier or contact Lisa Evans at Abacus Nursery and Childcare 01797-369287
As well as offering various sporting activities at after school clubs, the Academy offers many other extra-curricular opportunities. Staff run clubs are arranged throughout the year in 8 week blocks and pupils bring home registration forms at the beginning of each seasonal term. Children may also register with Kent Music School should they wish to learn a musical instrument.
Abacus Nursery and Childcare runs an after school club from 3:00 to 6:00 pm every week day and breakfast club from 7:45 to 8:35. Please see the attached flier or contact Lisa Evans 01797-369287 for more information on the activities available and prices.
At St Nicholas we believe that both staff and pupils should be entitled to make the best use of the time available within the school day. For this reason we have designed our timetable to offer practical blocks of time for learning, with regular opportunities for reflection during daily Acts of Worship. By welcoming children into the classrooms from 8.35am, we believe this allows for a settled and calm start to the school day at 8.45am.
Although individual class timetables will vary; in Key Stage 2 the morning sessions are generally allocated to the teaching of the core subjects of English and mathematics, with topic based and creative subjects taking place predominantly in the afternoons.