Churchfields Primary is a long established primary school within Chesterton and is integral to the local community. Pupils in the school are happy and well cared for.
Over recent years there have been many changes of leadership. In January 2012 Churchfields entered into a collaboration with the local high school, Chesterton Community Sports College. This was finalised in December 2013 and now Churchfields Primary School is a sponsored academy, part of the Chesterton Multi Academy Trust.
The school received a "Good" Ofsted judgement in May 2013 and continues on its journey to become an Outstanding school.
As a school, we all live up to the school motto of being the best you can be.
Mrs Diane Beardsmore
Headteacher BA (Hons)
Key Leaders in School
Headteacher - Mrs Diane Beardsmore
Executive Headteacher - Mrs Lynn Jackson
Director of Teaching and Learning - Ms Stella Booth
Churchfields Primary School
ADMISSIONS ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE YEAR 2016 - 2017
Children will be admitted in September of the academic year in which they become four years old.
It is the County Council’s policy to try and meet parents’ wishes where possible, however in some cases there may be more applications for a particular setting than there are places. Admission to these settings is determined by the oversubscription criteria detailed below.
Full time places in Reception classes will be available in September of the academic year within which the child becomes five years old.
The School PAN is 60.
Parents have the right to express a preference for the school that they wish their child to attend. However, if the total number of preferences exceeds the Schools Planned Admission Number, the following order of priority is used to allocate the available places. In accordance with legislation, children who have a statutory statement of special educational need or Education, Health and Care Plan that names Churchfields Primary School, must be admitted. This may reduce the amount of places available to other applicants:
- Relevant children in care and children who ceased to be in care because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).
- Children who satisfy both of the following tests:
Test 1: the child is distinguished from the great majority of applicants either on their own medical grounds or by other exceptional circumstances. Medical grounds must be supported by a medical report (obtained by the applicant and provided at the point of application). This report must clearly justify, for health reasons only, why it is better for the child’s health to attend the preferred school rather than any other school
Exceptional circumstances must relate to the choice of school and the individual child, i.e. the circumstances of the child, not the economic or social circumstances of the parent/carer. It should be supported by a professional report (obtained by the applicant and provided at the point of application), e.g. social worker. This report must clearly justify why it is better for the child to attend the preferred school rather than any other school
Test 2: the child would suffer hardship if they were unable to attend the preferred school
Hardship means severe suffering of any kind, not merely difficulty or inconvenience, which is likely to be experienced as a result of the child attending a different school. Applicants must provide detailed information about both the type and severity of any likely hardship at the time of application
- Children who have an elder sibling in attendance at the school and who will still be attending the school at the proposed admission date; (For admission purposes a brother or sister is a child who lives at the same address and either: have one or both natural parents in common; are related by a parents marriage; are adopted or fostered by a common parent or are unrelated children who live at the same address, whose parents live as partners)
- Children living within the catchment area
- Other children arranged in order of priority according to how near their home addresses are to the main gate of the school, determined by a straight-line measurement as calculated by the School. The School uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) to calculate home to school distances in miles. The measurement is calculated using Ordnance Survey (OS) data from an applicant's home address to the main front gate of the school. The coordinates of an applicant's home address are determined using the Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) and OS Address Point data.
The home address is considered to be the child’s along with their parent/carers main and genuine principal place of residence at the time of the allocation of places i.e. where they are normally and regularly living. If a child is resident with friends or relatives (for reasons other than legal guardianship) the friends or relative’s address will not be considered for allocation purposes.The requirement for the school to meet the Infant Class Size legislation may result in the refusal of catchment area or sibling applications where a class has already reached its limit of 30 pupils. However, as an exception, the school Directors will give careful consideration to offering places above the Admission Number to applications from children whose twin or sibling from a multiple birth is admitted even when there are no other vacant places.
Waiting lists for admission will remain open until the end of the Autumn Term of the year of admission and then will be discarded. The waiting list will be kept in admission criteria order. This means that a child’s position on the waiting list could go up or down.
Inclusion of a child’s name on the waiting list does not mean that a place will eventually become available.
Deferred Entry to Reception Class - Parents may request that their child be admitted to Reception Class on a part-time basis, or that their child be admitted to school later in the same academic year until the child reaches compulsory school age (i.e. beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday). The effect is that the place will be held for the child in Reception and is not available to be offered to any other child within the same academic year in which it has been offered.
Before deciding whether to defer their child’s entry to school, parents should visit the school to clarify how we cater for the youngest children in Reception and how the needs of these children are met as they move up through the school.
Admission Outside of the Normal Age Group - Parents may seek to apply for their child’s admission to school outside of their normal age group, for example if the child is exceptionally gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health.
These parents will need to make an application alongside children applying at the normal age which should explain why it is in the child’s best interest to be admitted outside of their normal age which may include information such as professional evidence as to why this is the case and why an exception should be made in the case of the child. A decision as to whether this is an appropriate course of action will be made by the school Directors who will take into account the circumstances of the case and views of the Executive Headteacher and Headteacher. Parents do not have the right to insist that their child is admitted to a particular year group.
If an applicant is refused, there is a statutory right to appeal to the Academy Trust. An independent appeal panel will hear the appeal. Further details of the appeal procedure are available upon request.
Use of Primary School PE Sport Funding 2014 - 2015
What is this funding and what is its purpose?
The government is providing additional funding during 2014 -15 to improve provision of Physical Education and sport in primary schools.
What are we using our funding for?
1. Certificates and medals
2. Developing our clubs provision even further as well as running more sports competitions and increasing participation in inter and intra school games
3. PE to be delivered by a specialist to all children from Reception – Year 6
4. Buying resources and equipment to develop sports provision and development of the PE curriculum
5. Transport to sporting events
6. Development of sports leaders
At Churchfields Primary School we are proud to provide a range of sports clubs and sporting experiences. It is important to us that our children are encouraged to live healthy, active lifestyles, they enjoy and participate in physical activity, they develop the confidence skills and attributes associated with good sportsmanship and leadership as well as be given opportunities to engage in competitive sport and coaching.
Examples of provision at our school during 2013-14 include:-
· weekly sport which includes, football, hockey, gymnastics, dance, multi- skills, rounders, games skills, basketball and athletics
· football, netball, tennis, athletics, gymnastics, indoor/outdoor games lunchtime and after school clubs
· weekly access to qualified PE teachers
· providing cover for teachers running tournaments with other schools.
· access to competitive sports which include matches, tournaments and festivals
· inter and intra school games
· sign posting pupils to holiday sporting activities