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Biggleswade

Biggleswade shown within the United Kingdom
Population 15,383
OS grid reference TL1944
District Mid Bedfordshire
Shire county Bedfordshire
Region East
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BIGGLESWADE
Postcode district SG18
Dialling code 01767
Police Bedfordshire
Fire Bedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance East of England
UK Parliament NE Bedfordshire
European Parliament East of England
List of places: UKEnglandBedfordshire

Coordinates: 52°05′08″N 0°15′21″W / 52.0855, -0.2557 Image File history File links Download high resolution version (600x800, 11 KB) Summary Description: A blank map of the United Kingdom, with country outline and coastline; contact the author for help with modifications or add-ons Source: Reference map provided by Demis Mapper 6 Date: 2006-21-06 Author: User... Image File history File links Red_pog. ... The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ... The districts of England are a level of subnational division of England used for the purposes of local government. ... Mid Bedfordshire is a local government district in Bedfordshire, England. ... Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties are one of the four levels of English administrative division used for the purposes of local government. ... Bedfordshire (abbreviated Beds) is a county in England that forms part of the East of England region. ... The region, also known as Government Office Region, is currently the highest tier of local government subnational entity of England in the United Kingdom. ... The East of England is one of the nine official regions of England. ... Constituent countries is a phrase used, often by official institutions, in contexts in which a number of countries make up a larger entity or grouping; thus the OECD has used the phrase in reference to the former Yugoslavia[1], the Soviet Union and European institutions such as the Council of... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... A post town is a required part of all UK postal addresses. ... UK postal codes are known as postcodes. ... The SG postcode area, also known as the Stevenage postcode area[2], is a group of postal districts around Arlesey, Baldock, Biggleswade, Buntingford, Henlow, Hertford, Hitchin, Knebworth, Letchworth, Much Hadham, Royston, Sandy, Shefford, Stevenage and Ware in England. ... The UK telephone numbering plan, also known as the National Numbering Plan, is regulated by the Office of Communications (Ofcom), which replaced the Office of Telecommunications (Oftel) in 2003. ... Bedfordshire Police is the Home Office police force responsible for policing the county of Bedfordshire and the district of Luton in England. ... A Fire Appliance belonging to the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service The fire service in the United Kingdom has undergone dramatic changes since the beginning of the 21st century, a process that has been propelled by a devolution of central government powers, new legislation and a change to operational... Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) for the county of Bedfordshire and the unitary authority of Luton. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Badge of the East of England Ambulance Service The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust is the authority responsible for providing NHS ambulance services in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Luton, Norfolk, Peterborough, Southend-on-Sea, Suffolk and Thurrock, in the East of England region. ... The United Kingdom House of Commons is made up of Members of Parliament (MPs). ... North East Bedfordshire is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... This is a list of Members of the European Parliament for the United Kingdom in the 2004 to 2009 session, ordered by name. ... East of England is a constituency of the European Parliament. ... List of cities in the United Kingdom List of towns in England Lists of places within counties List of places in Bedfordshire List of places in Berkshire List of places in Buckinghamshire List of places in Cambridgeshire List of places in Cheshire List of places in Cleveland List of places... This is a list of all the towns and villages in the county of Bedfordshire. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


See also: Biggleswade (hundred). Biggleswade (TL 195 445) was a historic hundred of English county of Bedfordshire. ...


Biggleswade is a market town on the River Ivel in Bedfordshire, England. It is well served by transport routes, being close to the A1 road between London and the North, as well as the main rail link North from London (the East Coast Main Line). The River Ivel is a river in the east of England. ... Bedfordshire (abbreviated Beds) is a county in England that forms part of the East of England region. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Sign at Junction 1 of the A1(M) at South Mimms in Hertfordshire The A1 is the longest numbered road in the UK at 409 miles (658 km) long. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... The East Coast Main Line viaduct at Durham. ...


Located approximately 40 miles (60 km) north of Central London and 20 miles (30 km) west-southwest of Cambridge, the fastest train to London, King's Cross, takes about 37 minutes, while a car journey to central Cambridge takes approximately 35 minutes. In 2001 the population of the town was approximately 15,383. [1] Geography Status City (1951) Region East of England Admin. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Kings Cross station (often spelt Kings Cross on platform signs) is a railway station in the district of the same name in northeast central London. ... Geography Status City (1951) Region East of England Admin. ...

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History

The area around Biggleswade is thought to have been inhabited from around 10,000 BC, with arrowheads dating from this period found in the region. In Roman times, a loop road known as the White Way passed through Biggleswade (possibly along the course of the present-day Drove Road), linking up with the Ermine Way at Godmanchester. In the Fifth century AD, Saxon invaders settled here — the name Biggleswade is thought to be derived from Biceil, an Anglo-Saxon personal name and Waed, the Saxon word for ‘ford’. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... American Indian arrowheads of several shapes and functions Japanese arrowheads of several shapes and functions Arrowhead can refer to: the point of an arrow; some plants in the genus Sagittaria; the Arrowhead region of northeastern Minnesota; a place name in southern California, derived from an arrowhead-shaped geologic formation in... Roman Britain refers to those parts of the island of Great Britain controlled by the Roman Empire between 43 and 410. ... Roman Britain, with Ermine Street highlighted Ermine Street should not be confused with Ermin Street, the road from Silchester to Gloucester. ... Post Street in Godmanchester Godmanchester is a small town in England, immediately south of the larger town of Huntingdon on the southern bank of the River Great Ouse. ... (4th century - 5th century - 6th century - other centuries) Events Rome sacked by Visigoths in 410. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Old English (also called Anglo-Penis[1], Englisc by its speakers) is an early form of the English language that was spoken in parts of what is now England and southern Scotland between the mid-fifth century and the mid-twelfth century. ...


In 1132, Henry I granted the manor of Biggleswade to Bishop Alexander - Alexander the Magnificent - of Lincoln to help endow Lincoln Cathedral. The town was granted a charter to hold a market during the reign of King John (1196–1216) — a market is still held in the market place in the centre of the town every Saturday. The dedication of the church is to St. Andrew. Events Diarmaid Mac Murrough has the abbey of Kildare in Ireland burned and the abbess raped. ... Henry I (circa 1068 – 1 December 1135) was the fourth son of William the Conqueror and the first born in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. ... Lincoln (pronounced //) is a cathedral city and county town of Lincolnshire, England. ... Lincoln Cathedral (in full The Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln, or sometimes St. ... This article is about the King of England. ...


The town is mentioned twice in the diaries of Samuel Pepys. On 22 July 1661, Pepys stopped off in Biggleswade (called ‘Bigglesworth’ by Pepys) to buy a pair of warm woollen stockings. Samuel Pepys, FRS (23 February 1633 – 26 May 1703) was an English naval administrator and Member of Parliament, who is now most famous for his diary. ... is the 203rd day of the year (204th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1661 (MDCLXI) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 10-day slower Julian calendar). ...


In 1785, there was a large fire in the town. The fire started at the ‘The Crown’ inn and spread rapidly through the neighbouring streets. By the time the fire had been brought under control, nearly one-third of the town had been destroyed. A national appeal was launched to raise funds for the many people who had lost their homes and their livelihoods.

Biggleswade Town June 2000
Biggleswade Town June 2000

The Great Northern Railway opened in 1850, and Biggleswade was the first town in Bedfordshire to have a mainline station. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 410 KB) Photograph of Biggleswade town taken in June 2000 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 410 KB) Photograph of Biggleswade town taken in June 2000 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Great Northern Railway (GNR) was a British railway company, founded by the London & York Railway Act of 1846. ...


Biggleswade traditionally has been a vegetable- and produce-growing area with trains often taking daily loads of vegetables to London's produce markets. Even though much of this has now stopped, Bedfordshire Growers based on the outskirts of the town still supply major supermarkets with the majority of their UK-grown potatoes and onions.


Biggleswade is also the base of the Jordan's cereals business which supply animal feeds but also produce their own brand of breakfast Muesli and cereal bars which are sold worldwide. There used to be a Felix Cat Food Factory located in the town, on Potton Road. However this moved away in 1970.


Other goods which have been made in Biggleswade include Berkeley Caravans and Sportscars who had a factory in the town, which was later used by Kayser Bondor who made ladies' underwear and stockings in the town until the mid 1990s. The factory was demolished and is now a housing estate, with roads named Berkeley Close and Kayser Court after the businesses that used the factory.


The town had a large brewery in the town centre for many decades: its last owners were Greene King but they closed it down in October 1997 and the site is now occupied by an ASDA supermarket. ASDA is a chain of supermarkets in the United Kingdom offering food, clothing and general merchandise products. ...


Biggleswade Swimming Club celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2006, It is now running in the new indoor Saxon facility. For further information on the club visit www.biggleswadesc.org.


Education

Biggleswade, as part of Bedfordshire, has a three-tier schooling system with lower schools catering for ages between 5 to 9, middle schools from 9 to 13 and Stratton Upper School continuing education up and until 6th Form.


List of Schools:

  • Stratton Upper School and Community College
  • Holmemead Middle School
  • Edward Peake Middle School
  • St Andrew's Lower School
  • Lawnside Lower School
  • Southlands Lower School
  • Holme Court School, a private school for dyslexic children, which was opened in 2005 just off the A1 to the west of Biggleswade.

Twinned towns

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Notable residents

  • Dan Albone, inventor, manufacturer and cyclist, credited with making the first practical farm tractor, 'The Ivel Agricultural Motor'.
  • Charles Penrose, radio comedian and singer of The Laughing Policeman.
  • Mary Tealby, one of the founders of the Battersea Dogs Home, is buried in St. Andrew's Churchyard.
  • Henry Ryland, Pre-Raphaelite painter born in Biggleswade in 1856.
  • Stevie V, dance act famous for the song Dirty Cash (Money Talks), that reached #2 in the UK Top 40 in 1990.
  • Richard Walker, angling journalist, author and photographer, described as having the greatest influence on the sport since Isaac Walton. Richard Walker has an angling shop dedicated to him in the local town centre which is run by Simon Carr.

Prose is writing distinguished from poetry by its greater variety of rhythm and its closer resemblance to the patterns of everyday speech. ... Dan Albone (Daniel Albone) (1860 - 1906) was a British inventor, manufacturer and cyclist. ... For the counselor of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, see Charles W. Penrose. ... Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is a long-established and charitable home for cats and dogs in the Battersea area of London. ... The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was a group of English painters, poets and critics, founded in 1848 by John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt. ... The Adventures Of Stevie V is a dance music act from Bedfordshire, England who scored several big hits on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in the early 1990s. ...

External links

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Beeston is a village in the county of Bedfordshire, England, south of Sandy, north of Biggleswade and east of Bedford. ... Biddenham (TL 024 502) is a village in Bedfordshire, United Kingdom. ... Billington (the name probably means hill with a sharp ridge) is a parish in Bedfordshire about three miles south of Leighton Buzzard. ... Bletsoe is a small village and civil parish in the Bedford district of Bedfordshire, about 7 miles north of Bedford, and just off the A6 and near the River Great Ouse. ... Blunham (TL 150 511) is a village and civil parish in the Mid Bedfordshire district of Bedfordshire, England, about eight miles east of Bedford. ... Bolnhurst is a village in the Bedford district of Bedfordshire, England, about eight miles north of Bedford itself, and eight miles west of St Neots. ... Brogborough (SP 965 385) is a village and civil parish in the Mid Bedfordshire district of Bedfordshire, England, by junction 13 of the M1 motorway. ... Bromham Church Bromham is a village in Bedfordshire, England, west of the town of Bedford. ... Small village in the english county of befordshire. ... Caddington (TL 065 195) is a village and civil parish in the South Bedfordshire district of Bedfordshire, England. ... Campton is a village in the county of Bedfordshire, England. ... Cardington is a village in Bedfordshire in England. ... Carlton is a village in the Bedford district of Bedfordshire, England, part of the Carlton with Chellington parish with the adjacent village of Chellington. ... Chalgrave is a civil parish in the South Bedfordshire district of Bedfordshire, England. ... Chellington is a village in the English county of Bedfordshire. ... Statistics Population: 2,120(est. ... Clapham is a village in North East Bedfordshire, England. ... Clifton is a village in the English county of Bedfordshire. ... Clipstone is a hamlet in the English county of Bedfordshire. ... Statistics Population: 1,710 (est. ... Cockayne Hatley is a parish and small village, bordering on Cambridgeshire, 3 miles (5 km) east from the Potton station of the North Western railway, 6 miles (10 km) north-east from Biggleswade and 9 miles (15 km) south-east from St. ... Colmworth is a village and civil parish in the north of the English county of Bedfordshire. ... Colworth is a village in the English county of Bedfordshire. ... Statistics Population: 700 (2004 est. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Dean is a village in the English county of Bedfordshire. ... Dunstable is a town in the county of Bedfordshire, England, with a population of 33,805 (2001 census). ... Dunton is a small village in the English county of Bedfordshire near to Biggleswade. ... Eastcotts is a village in the English county of Bedfordshire. ... Eaton Bray is a village and civil parish in the South Bedfordshire district of Bedfordshire, England. ... 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Hinwick is a hamlet in the Borough of Bedford, north Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom; it is around nine miles north west of Bedford and is close to the county border with Northamptonshire. ... Hockliffe is a village in Bedfordshire on the crossroads of the A5 road (formerly Watling Street) and the A4012 road. ... , Hockwell Ring is a 1950s and 1960s built council estate in the Leagrave area of Luton, Bedfordshire. ... Houghton Conquest was a manor in the hundred of Redbornestoke, county of Bedford. ... Houghton Regis is a Parish town sandwiched between the major towns of Luton to the East and Dunstable to the West. ... Husborne Crawley is a small village in Bedfordshire, located close to Junction 13 of the M1. ... Hyde is a civil parish in the English county of Bedfordshire. ... Map sources for Kempston at grid reference TL0347 Kempston (pronounced Kemstun) is a town in Bedfordshire, England. ... Kempston Hardwick is a small village near the town of Kempston in Bedfordshire. ... 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Statistics Population: Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SP992535 Administration District: NE Bedfordshire Shire county: Bedfordshire Region: East of England Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Bedfordshire Historic county: Bedfordshire Services Police force: Bedfordshire Police Ambulance: East of England Post office and telephone Post town: BEDFORD Postal... Stewartby is a model village in Bedfordshire, originally built for the workers in the local brickworks. ... Stotfold is a small town in the district of Mid Bedfordshire in Bedfordshire. ... Streatley is a village and civil parish in the South Bedfordshire district of Bedfordshire, England. ... Studham is a village in the county of Bedfordshire, and the administrative district of South Bedfordshire. ... Sundon is a civil parish in the English county of Bedfordshire. ... Tempsford is a village in the English county of Bedfordshire. ... 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Schools:


ST ANDREWS LOWER SCHOOL: St. Andrew’s School aims to provide each child with the best possible opportunities to achieve their full potential and acquire a framework for learning, in all areas of their development. We do this by having high and challenging expectations, whilst working in a supportive family atmosphere.


We are concerned not only with the academic and intellectual development of the children, but we are also sensitive to their social, emotional, physical and spiritual needs. We believe that attitudes of courtesy, truthfulness, consideration for others and respect for property are very important, and fostering an awareness of these forms part of the school’s policy.


A cooperative attitude and willingness to respond to the opportunities available are crucial to a child’s success. Every effort is made by the staff to meet individual children's needs. The children’s knowledge is extended, where possible, through their own interests and skills, which are balanced and complemented by a blend of guided discovery and direct interactive teaching. In this way we hope to create a working environment in which basic academic skills and a wide variety of talents can emerge and be developed.


We believe that in order to achieve our aims we need a close and open relationship with our governors, our church, our community and most importantly, our children’s families.


Independence, self-reliance and self-confidence, together with the development of an enquiring mind, thinking skills and sound academic progress, are our aims for each and every child.


St Andrews Lower School has recently had a new Reception block built.


Well planned, play both indoors and outdoors, is a key way in which young children learn with enjoyment and challenge. Through play, in a secure environment with effective adult support, children can:

 explore, develop and represent learning experiences that help them make sense of the world. practise and build up ideas, concepts and skills. learn how to control impulses and understand the need for rules. be alone, be alongside others or cooperate as they talk or rehearse their feelings. take risks and make mistakes think creatively and imaginatively communicate with others as they investigate or solve problems. express fears or relive anxious experiences in controlled and safe situations. 

Taken from: Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage


Although being housed in its own self-contained buidling, our Nursery unit is very much part of St Andrew's VC Lower School.


St. Andrew’s Nursery is a 40 – 50 place, purpose built unit, staffed by a teacher, two Nursery Nurses and a General Assistant. The children are admitted first to the afternoon session (1.00 to 3.30pm each day) and change to the morning session (9.00 to 11.30am) by age as space arises.


All registered children are offered 3 terms in Nursery prior to their admission in school and if space allows, they may be offered 4 terms. When parents have accepted a place for their child they attend an open evening (without their child) and as well as being given information, they are able to look around the unit. At this time they are given a Nursery booklet and a start date for their child. They visit together before the end of term before they start Nursery and we hold an Open Lunchtime on the first day of term for all new entrants. If your child attends a local playgroup we also try to visit them there.


ENVIRONMENT


We have a large bright main room, two thirds of which approximately is carpeted. The unit has a glass roof and one wall made of folding glass doors. The main room has tables for activities, an art area consisting of tables and easels, a table for drinks, a role play area and a variety of construction and board games. The computers and a table for cutting and sticking activities are also here, with our fish who live in this room. We also have our Knowledge and Understanding of the World table in here. We use the small room off the cloakroom as an office and staff room. Through an arch from the main room is a smaller room known as the Quiet room which is used for registration, stories, games and puzzles. Our writing table is also in here. The book corner is also in this room with another two computers. Behind the main room is the Group room. The teacher works with groups in this room. The musical instruments and television are also kept in this room. The kitchen is used for cooking activities. We have a large, attractive outside area with a large sand pit, a substantial paved area, a wooden climbing frame, a play house and a grass area with flower tubs, and a living willow. The covered area outside the patio doors provides sheltered outdoor play. This is where our home corner is in Autumn, Spring and Summer.


CURRICULUM


We aim to provide a curriculum that covers all areas of Early Years Learning and also gives children the opportunity to “visit” first levels of the National Curriculum if appropriate. The children are given the freedom to choose a variety of play activities within a planned structure. Children are encouraged to take part in an art or craft activity and cooking once a week. In addition each group of children take part in weekly more formal sessions of PE and Handwriting. The children entering main school the following term also work more formally on language and number skills. This is especially important to the one third of children who do not have a reception experience. All children take part in a weekly Circle Time.


Our curriculum is based on the following Learning goals:


· Communication, Language and Literacy


· Mathematical Development


· Knowledge and Understanding of the World


· Physical Development


· Creative Development


· Personal, Social and emotional Development


LOWER SCHOOL LINKS


We are very much part of the lower school. The oldest children attend Key Stage 1 assembly and we take part in special gatherings such as Harvest and end of term assemblies.


As well as attending whole school staff meetings, Nursery staff are also involved in curriculum working groups providing continuity and progression from Nursery through reception and Year One.


The term prior to the children starting school, they have two school dinners and several trips to the playground. They also visit their new classroom with their new teacher.


For any further information please contact the school for a brochure or to arrange a visit.


01767 312311



LAWNSIDE LOWER SCHOOL


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EDWARD PEAKE MIDDLE SCHOOL


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STRATTON UPPER SCHOOL


At Stratton we like to think of ourselves as a learning school that is one which is constantly developing and searching for improvement. Firstly we are fostering a real sense of partnership between parents and the school. We are working closely with parents and will, if your child joins the school, welcome your involvement in the school, especially the help you can give to support your son's or daughter's education whilst he or she is at Stratton. To this end we have put into place a comprehensive monitoring system which provides parents with a continuous flow of information on behaviour, and most importantly academic and other achievements. It is on this flow of information that our partnership will flourish. With parents properly and thoroughly involved in their children's education, supporting their work and the work of the school, we will have forged a partnership which will ensure all students reach their full potential.


You may have heard of the senior student scheme, our school council, our student researchers and code of conduct all of which give rights and responsibilities to our students. We want to work with our students, treating them as young adults, giving them rights at school and getting them to recognise and accept their responsibilities as they mature. During every year we make opportunities for our students to talk to us about their experiences in lessons. This information has been very valuable in helping us to evaluate and improve how we plan and prepare our lessons.



This website has been produced in order to tell you about our work at the school. However, you can tell much more from a visit whilst the school is at work. If you are able to visit then I know you will be impressed by the calm and purposeful behaviour of our students and the pride they have at being a part of the school. This is a testament to the sense of responsibility and motivation that is becoming a natural part of being a student at Stratton. If you can make time during a school day you will be very welcome to visit us whilst we are at work. We do ask you to make an appointment so that we can arrange for a sixth former to act as a guide for your visit.



Principles


The School Aims



To be a successful learning organisation with a commitment to the continuous development of all our students, staff and resources


To foster positive relationships within the school and the community, to encourage self-esteem, dignity and respect for others


To provide a curriculum, facilities and resources which enable every individual to develop to her/his full potential and become a valuable member of society


To exploit the unique nature of Stratton School to achieve personal excellence for all


To provide a safe, welcoming and stimulating environment in which everyone can work in harmony and with purpose


Our Values



Respect, tolerance, openness, honesty and trust must pervade our relationships with one another


As professionals we are constantly seeking to improve our service to our students and the community. The whole community is involved in and can have a say in our search for continuous improvement


We value all of our students and believe that they have the potential to succeed


A good teacher has high expectations of his/her students. A good manager has high expectations of his/her colleagues


Our actions, as well as our words, will show our commitment to raise the self-esteem of everyone who works here


We believe that our hard work will make a difference to the lives of those we seek to educate.



Pastoral Care


Pastoral care at Stratton is firmly established and sets out to achieve its goals by giving a form tutor the care of a group of students for the whole of their compulsory education. A team of form tutors supporting a particular intake year is helped, supervised and led by an assistant head of year and a head of year.


We believe it is important to give proper resources to pastoral care in our school. Form tutors spend at least 2 hours each week with their forms and many will spend considerably longer. Heads of year are given over 7 hours each week to devote to the work of their pastoral teams and the support of their students.


All teachers have a caring role to play whatever their specialist subject area may be and we provide clear guidance to ensure that the time which is made available helps students achieve their very best results whilst they are with us.


Our goal in pastoral care is to provide the climate for learning in our school. It should support:


· the creation of a sense of unity - of staff, parents and students working

 together, through good communication and positive relationships 

· the encouragement of a sense of being part of the school's wider community


· our students' development as individuals, with all their various talents


To achieve this goal we make the following commitments:


1 We will provide a time and place for daily personal contact between student

 and form tutor, where appropriate relationships may grow. Students will have 
 the opportunity to share their experiences and discuss their progress with a 
 supportive tutor who will listen and help to channel them in productive 
 directions. 

2 Our tutors may offer an additional adult perspective when advising and

 guiding students. 

3 Our tutors will work closely with parents, listening to their thoughts on their

 child's progress and experiences at school. 

4 We will monitor and evaluate the progress and achievement of each student,

 observing his/her approach to different learning experiences and giving the 
 appropriate individual help and guidance necessary. 

5 In a wider sense tutors will guide students as they grow so that each realises

 his/her potential for personal development. 

6 The tutor will provide teaching staff with relevant knowledge of the student and his/her experiences, ensuring that the learning and teaching we provide is most effective.


7 We will provide a caring and orderly environment in which all students can

 develop, and show initiative, knowing they are safe and secure with us. 

8 We will provide links between school, the world of work and the community to support and extend the experiences of all students.


9 We will liaise with external agencies (e.g. the careers service, educational

 welfare) to support our students as and when the need arises. 


Code of Conduct


Our Code of Conduct was produced by staff, parents and governors working with students on the School Council.


As Members of the School Community We:


Treat each other with kindness and respect


Listen to other people's ideas and expect them to listen to ours


Create an atmosphere for effective learning by arriving on time, being organised and trying our best


Make an effort to participate and respect the participation of others


Move around school quietly in a way that will not cause problems to others


Look after our school environment so that it is a safe and pleasant place


Treat all property with care and respect


Take a pride in ourselves and our school


Our Image Is Important - Make It A Good One



Building a Positive Environment



The Code of Conduct applies to everyone within our school community.


Constructed with care, its aim is to ensure that all students can develop in a pleasant, positive and productive environment.


One of Stratton's priorities is to ensure that each student develops self-discipline. Rules are presented as reasonable and fair, discussed during assemblies and tutor time, then firmly enforced.


Below the Sixth form, students may only leave the premises to go home to lunch with their parents' written permission. This permission must be renewed at the beginning of each school year.


It is the basic right of each student to obtain a quality education and no-one has the right to disrupt this. The co-operation of all concerned is essential in order to achieve this.


HOME-SCHOOL AGREEMENT



(1) The school will:


· Wherever possible the school will follow the requirements of the National Curriculum.


· Ensure that appropriate homework is set according to a regular timetable.


· Keep parents informed about levels of attendance and absence.


· Publish and maintain an agreed school dress code (uniform).


· Provide lists of equipment for lessons and support the students in developing the organisational skills required to succeed at school.


· Promote the school code of conduct by providing positive examples of behaviour at all times.


· Encourage high standards of behaviour by following an agreed system of rewards and sanctions.


· Keep parents fully informed of successes, concerns and progress, as well as our plans and opportunities that may be available in the future.


· Prepare lessons and assignments to a standard which allows students of all abilities to achieve meaningful progress and success.


· Provide opportunities for individual consultations on a regular basis and also on request.


(2) The student will to the best of his/her ability try to: · Attend school every day that he/she is not ill and register promptly at the beginning of each morning and afternoon.


· Sign out of school if he/she has to leave after registering for the morning or afternoon.


· Wear the correct school uniform on the way to, from and in school, and conform to the school’s expectations on jewellery and hairstyles.


· Bring the correct equipment and books to every lesson.


· Follow the school code of conduct and take an active part in school life.


· Complete work to the best of his/her ability.


· Fill his/her planner in properly, keep it up to date and deliver communications between home and school promptly.


(3) The Parents/guardians will to the best of their ability try to: · Provide a note explaining an absence promptly when the student returns to school after illness, or to contact the school on the third day of an absence.


· Notify the school as soon as possible, when it is known in advance that a student will not be able to attend school.


· Avoid, if at all possible, family holidays taken during the school term.


· Help the student to prepare for the day ahead and leave home properly equipped (books, equipment and uniform), or to contact the school when there is a difficulty.


· Encourage students in their work and take an active interest in their progress and achievements (as a minimum this involves monitoring the student planner on a weekly basis and attending parents’ evenings and other relevant meetings).


· Support the school in maintaining good discipline.


· Keep the school informed of any of their concerns and help us to maintain up to date and accurate records.


Sanctions & Support


Support is provided for students experiencing behavioural difficulties and various monitoring procedures are used. At all times we work closely with parents. Our objectives are to make sure that lessons are conducive to learning and that everyone can feel safe at school.


Where a student fails to meet the standards expected a range of sanctions may be employed, including written concerns in the Student Planner, referrals to the Head of Year and detentions (where a purposeful activity is set).


From time to time a number of students in every school will fail to live up to the standards expected of them. In these circumstances it is always our intention:


• to be fair


• to deal with the student in a dignified manner


• and use sanctions which will help correct the misbehaviour rather than simply

 punish. 

The range of sanctions used include:


• students reflecting upon their behaviour by producing written details of events

 which have happened 

• lunchtime, break time and after-school detentions


• contact with parents via school planners, telephone and letter


• acts of 'community service' within school


• isolation from mainstream classes

 and ultimately, 

• exclusion from school either temporarily or permanently.


A full copy of the school Behaviour Policy is available on request.


Rewarding Student Behaviour at Stratton Upper School



Aims



To create a reward system which will reward students' efforts and achievements and motivate them to accomplish the highest possible standards in all aspects of their school life.


Objective



To design and develop a system which enables students' work and endeavour to be rewarded using a points system which achieves the following:


the aims of the reward system is easily understood enables all students to participate in it can be administered easily and consistently based on a tariff system which is equitable with the value that the school places on the achievements and endeavours of its students can be analysed in terms of how points are awarded, what the points are awarded for and who is awarding and receiving the points



What Might Points Be Awarded For?


Points should be awarded for as wide a range of achievements as possible if the scheme is to be fully inclusive. The list of what students may be awarded points for could include:


quality of academic work efforts and endeavour in the lessons involvement with and /or helping with a school activity, e.g. Farm Open Day, Open Evening involvement in school activities, e.g. lunchtime or after-school clubs representing school teams taking part in musicals/concerts, school plays citizenship activities (Year Group Council Rep, helping on Induction Day) attendance and punctuality achieving predicted grades effective and regular use of School Planner participation in and behaviour on school trips



How Might a Points Tariff be Achieved


Simplicity is the key to designing a successful system which has to be manageable, workable and have a currency value amongst the students.

 Attendance and Punctuality - two merits for each full week of attendance: 

advantage: awarded on a completely objective basis


all students achieve points


points are only lost if an absence or ‘L’ sign appears on the register


easy to calculate via SIMS registration system


Quality of Academic Work


Merits to be awarded by the subject teacher on the basis of their judgement of the quality of the work produced by the student. The teacher will take into account the difficulty of the task and any criterion or norm based referencing that they see fit.


Endeavour and Effort


Merits to be awarded by individual teachers based on their knowledge of the student's abilities and circumstances and the demands that a piece of work has placed upon a student.


Use of Planner


A half-termly review of the use of the Planner, e.g. appearance, recording of Homework, parental signatures, etc, could bring about an award of up to three merits each half term


School Functions / Activities (Citizenship activity)


Students could be awarded merits for assisting with school functions which take place throughout the year. All students have the opportunity to take part in whole school activities, e.g. Farm Open Day, Open Evening, and year group specific activities, e.g. Parents' Evenings.


School Clubs and Activities


Students should be rewarded for making the most of opportunities that exist for them in school. A register of students attending after school and lunch time clubs and rehearsals could be kept with students being awarded merits for each one they attend. A half-termly check could be carried out by administration staff to calculate totals. A performance (music/drama) or performances could be rewarded by 10 merits, representing a school team 2 merits because of the frequency in which team games occur. Regular / full attendance at a weekly club could be rewarded by two merits per half term.


Trips and Visits


Merits should be available for participation in school trips and behaviour on them. As many as 5 merits might be available for good behaviour when taking part in a school trip.


Citizenship Activities


Involvement in Year and Full School Councils, student research groups, supporting and hosting activities such as Senior Citizens Party, Charity work, etc, could be recognised by up to 5 merits per event.


Awarding merits within a range, 1-5 (or 10 for preparation for, and participation in full school performances) allows for flexibility and differentiation between achievement levels and effort levels of the students and difficulty levels of the tasks involved. However, this means a lot of accounting

 Who Records Merit Points and Where? 

Pages in Student Planners can be included to enable students to record merit points on a weekly basis. Proof of merit points would have to be written in exercise books or in the student’s Planner by teachers. Attendance and punctuality points can be generated by the SIMS attendance programme.


What Do Points Translate Into?


Points can translate into prizes. Prizes can include generic school named items, e.g. pens, mugs, rulers, baseball caps, etc, with the school name and crest on them.


Departments can draw up a list of items which could be used by students specific to their subject, e.g.


Art – calligraphy pens, paints and brushes.


Design Technology – drawing set


PE – sports equipment


English – book tokens


Department prizes can be displayed in the exhibition windows immediately outside the Main School Hall.


Beyond subject department prizes, points can be exchanged for gift tokens, vouchers to spend in the School Canteen, CD’s, Cinema tickets, Bowling Tickets, etc.


The awarding of school merits will always be shared with parents via letters home.


Tariff System


50 merits generates HOY letter and certificate


100 merits generates Deputy Headteacher letter and certificate


150 merits generates Headteacher letter and certificate


200 merits generates HT letter and school based prize (school crested stationery, mugs, etc)


350 merits generates HT letter and Departmental prize


500 merits generates HT letter and prizes; e.g. CD vouchers, Cinema tickets, etc.



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