Hunter’s Bar Junior School seeks to promote high achievement and learning for life in an environment of mutual respect which enables all children to realise their full potential.
The school will endeavour to help all children to
- Achieve and enjoy high standards in all areas and realise their full potential as individuals and as members of our society
- Value themselves and others, irrespective of ability, gender, class, cultural background, ethnic origin or health
- Respect and value the world around them
- Develop enquiring minds and a spirit of curiosity
- Become highly motivated lifelong learners
- Be flexible and adaptable for the modern world
- Achieve high standards of behaviour and learn the skills of self-discipline and compromise
- Express themselves confidently and be able to argue rationally, persuasively and with sensitivity
- Be able to learn independently and collaboratively and appreciate the need for co-operation with others
We believe that our children will achieve these aims through experiencing
- A broad and challenging curriculum which is differentiated according to individual need
- Innovative teaching and an investigative approach to learning
- A stimulating, caring and inclusive learning environment
- An enriching programme of extra-curricular activities and visits
- An ethos of support, challenge and encouragement to succeed
- Partnership between school, home and community
We demonstrate our commitment to working as a learning community by
- Striving for continuous improvement in all that we do
- Working collaboratively towards common goals
The school also has responsibilities to members of staff, teaching and non-teaching, and will therefore endeavour to
- Value and encourage the distinctive contribution of each member of staff
- Foster a sense of mutual respect between all members of staff
- Develop the working environment and provide equipment and training so that each member of staff will be able to work efficiently and happy.
The school is very much part of the community and will therefore endeavour to
- Inform and involve parents in all stages of their children’s education and personal well-being
- Maintain and develop links with feeder schools and secondary schools
- Maintain links with wider community of Sheffield schools and with officers of the Sheffield Education Service
- Encourage the sense of the school being a vital part of the local community
The main school building dates from 1906 and was built as a secondary school. It is a substantial stone building with three floors and originally had boys, girls and manual skills departments. The school occupies a triangular site that is shared with the adjacent infant school.
On the ground floor there are four classrooms and the hall. On the first floor there are a further five classrooms, a group room for special needs work and an extensive reference library. A fully networked computer suite has been installed on an upper mezzanine level. The basement has been converted into a kitchen and dining room. In addition there is a double Horsa classroom unit in the top yard. There is also an excellent garden area in the top playground which provides seating and green relief.
The school office is currently situated on the ground floor. The head’s office is adjacent.
During working sessions external doors are kept closed. The only access to the school is through the main entrance, which is protected by a CCTV system. When this door is locked, we ask visitors to press the buzzer and speak to the admin staff, who will open the door.
WE ASK ALL VISITORS TO GO TO THE MAIN SCHOOL OFFICE TO SIGN IN ON ARRIVAL WHERE THEY WILL BE GIVEN A SCHOOL AUTHORISATION PASS AND ALSO TO SIGN OUT ON DEPARTURE.
(This is to enable school to comply with health and safety requirements.)
School crossing patrols
Parents are reminded that supervision of children in the school yard is only provided from 8.40am and that children should not arrive at school long before the start of the school day or remain after school unless they are taking part in an organised activity.
There is a crossing patrol on Junction Road. At the time of writing, the City Council has been unable to find people willing to fill the warden position on Cowlishaw Road, and children therefore have to cross the roads by themselves.
Currently there should be crossing patrols operating at the following times.
Before school: Junction Road, 8.30 – 8.55 am
After school: Junction Road, 3.10 – 3.40 pm
When a crossing patrol person is ill it may not always be possible to replace him or her at short notice. Parents should ensure children know what to do when there is not a person on duty.
The school community
Hunters Bar Junior School is a county, co-education day school taking children from the ages of 7 + to 11+ (Year 3 to Year 6).
There are approximately 370 children in the school, in 12 classes of a usual size of 31. The majority of children come from the lively and diverse local community around Hunter’s Bar. A number of the children also travel from well outside this area.
The school is organised into four year groups. There are 12 mixed ability classes each formed of children from a single age group. Each year group is then made up of three equal classes. All children spend the vast majority of their time with their class teacher who is responsible not only for their academic progress but also for their pastoral care.
Teachers plan the curriculum in year teams, and all classes in a year follow a similar programme of work in all subjects.
The standard admission number for each year group within the school is 90. Children who attend Hunter’s Bar Infant School are all offered a place at Hunter’s Bar Junior School at the end of Year 2 (6+).
There may be a few places available for other children to be admitted to any of the year groups. Applications for admission are administered and decided upon by
Primary Admissions Team
Floor 3, Howden House
1 Union Street
SHEFFIELD. S1 1SH
Parents who are considering asking for their children to be admitted to the school are encouraged to contact the Head Teacher who will always be pleased to meet them.
We welcome children with special educational or physical needs. It is obviously essential that we have detailed discussions with all concerned before admission to ensure that we can make appropriate provision for their needs.
At lunch time children may either go home, with parents’ permission, or remain on the school premises. The majority of pupils remain at school and either have a cooked school meal or bring a packed lunch. All meals are eaten in the dining room.
A private contractor, Service Team, now provides meals for every school in the city. It operates a multi-choice system whereby children will normally have a choice of at least three different meals, one of which will be non-meat. Fresh fruit or yoghurt are usually offered as alternatives to the traditional pudding. The kitchen tries to make provision for children who have special dietary requirements.
Children who go home for lunch must not return to school until the end of the lunch break and those who stay at school are never allowed to leave the school premises without the specific permission of a member of staff.
Some parents choose to give their child a snack for playtime. As part of the healthy eating initiative, we encourage fruit and vegetables, although crisps are also allowed.
Sweets and gum of any sort are NOT permitted anywhere in school.
There is no compulsory school uniform but we do have school clothing available for purchase from the office, consisting of sweatshirts, polo shirts and PE t-shirts. We do expect that children will come to school in clothes that are suitable for school work.
In addition it is essential that all children have a full PE kit to change into. This should consist of a t-shirt, shorts, leotard or a PE skirt, and trainers or plimsolls.
IT IS FOR EVERYBODY’S BENEFIT FOR CLOTHING TO BE MARKED WITH ITS OWNER’S NAME.
Behaviour in school
The aims and values of the school make it clear that we should demand a high standard of work and behaviour from everyone in the school. To this end, the school has drawn up five expectations that form the basis of all that we ask of children. At Hunter’s Bar we …
- Always do the best we can
- Look after each other
- Look after our school
- Move around calmly and quietly
- Are positive and polite
Liaison with other schools
We have close permanent links with Hunter’s Bar Infant School, our official feeder school. The headteachers of both schools meet regularly, as do the Y2 and Y3 teachers.
This liaison ensures the continuity of the curriculum and also enables us to be aware of the individual needs of the children coming to us.
The Y2 children visit the junior school regularly, particular in the summer term. All children normally meet their new teachers before the summer holiday.
The majority of our Y6 children go on to High Storrs School, which is the school we officially feed. All Y6 children have an opportunity to visit High Storrs and the High Storrs headteacher visits this school to meet children and parents during the autumn term.
However secondary school places are allocated by the LEA. Many of our children do not live in High Storrs’ catchment area and are therefore offered a place at another secondary school If parents are not happy with the initial offer they are invited to apply for a place at an alternative school, but there can be no guarantee that a place will be available at the school of their choice.
We make every effort to liaise closely with the staff of every school to which we send children and ensure that the receiving school has appropriate information about each child.
Working and getting on with others
Children are expected to work to the best of their ability at all times, and to work in a co-operative way with others. As children progress through the school we expect them to become more self-disciplined and mature in the way in which they organise their work and relate to each other.
The school and governors believe that inter-personal relationships are crucial to a successful school community, and destructive and anti-social behaviour of any sort is therefore unacceptable.
There are approximately twenty highly committed Y6 Playground Friends who provide friendship if wanted at playtimes and lunchtimes, supported by the Citizenship co-ordinator. These children have received intensive training in peer mediation which allows them to meet with peers and help them work together to create satisfactory resolutions to their disputes.
Bullying of any kind is alien to the school’s expectations and is totally unacceptable. All children are told that they must report any incidence of bullying to a member of staff in the knowledge that it will be dealt with.
Policy to combat bullying
Definition: Bullying takes many forms and is the physical, mental and emotional abuse of another person. Its particular features are that it is malicious, usually repetitive and often premeditated.
- The four ‘expectations’ underpin all behaviour in the school
- Whatever form it takes, bullying is always wrong.
- Everyone needs to know to whom to report bullying: Children must be away that they can report bullying to their class teacher, to the teacher or other adult on duty in the playground, or alternatively that they have the right of direct access to the headteacher or to the deputy head teacher
- All reports of bullying will be taken seriously and fully investigated
- Minor episodes may be properly dealt with by the class teacher or by the adult in the playground to whom the report is made. If the member of staff does not have time for a proper investigation then year leader, headteacher or the deputy headteacher should become involved.
- All serious or repeated incidents must be reported to the headteacher or deputy head teacher
- In all investigations it is essential that the full facts are ascertained and that all those involved are interviewed
- At the end of the investigation there should be a clear agreement of the facts and justice needs to be seen to be done. The incident must have been resolved
- The bully needs to apologise to the victim and make other reparations if necessary
- All incidents will be recorded in the Serious Incident Book kept by the headteacher
- The parents of the children involved will be informed of serious cases of bullying
- The school aims to give children the skills to manage relationships and to develop a better understanding of themselves as individuals, and pursues these issues through is wider curriculum
At Hunter’s Bar Junior school we believe every individual, irrespective of their colour, culture, ethnic origin or any other difference, has a unique and valuable contribution to make to the school. Our aim is to enable all students to reach their full potential within a supportive learning environment.
The school opposes racism and discrimination and works to combat such attitude. We encourage all those involved with the school to have a positive self-image and to treat others with fairness and respect. The school works to promote these beliefs through the lessons and subjects we teach, the learning support that we provide and our relationships with the community groups and parents.
The school’s adopted definition of racism is “ A racist incident is violence which may be verbal or physical and which includes attacks on property and on the person suffered by individuals or groups because of their colour, race, nationality, and ethnic or national origins, when the victim believes the perpetrator was acting on racial grounds and/or there is evidence of racism.” (Commission for Racial Equality)
Racist incidents will be investigated in line with school policy and a record kept for monitoring purposes. The number of recorded racist incidents will be reported to the school’s Governing Body and the LEA.
Pastoral care and child protection
The class teacher has the primary responsibility for day-to-day pastoral care of the children in his or her class. However, if a serious incident occurs or it is inappropriate for the class teacher to deal with the matter for whatever reason, the deputy headteacher or the headteacher will become involved.
All children are regularly told and know that they can approach any member of staff that they feel they can trust if they have any concerns relating to their safety or welfare. Children will always be taken seriously. Changes in the law, notably the Children Act (1989) mean that staff in schools have a duty to report any concerns they may have that any child may be suffering significant harm, particularly as a consequence of possible abuse. It is a Department of Education requirement that each school in the country nominates a senior member of staff who will have special responsibility for child protection. In Sheffield this member of staff is known as the Child Protection Liaison Teacher, has been in receipt of training in this area and can be trusted to deal with all these matters with professional confidentiality.
The school has a policy on child protection which has been agreed by the governing body. As a school, we have close contacts with the School Health Service, Social Services and the Police, any or all of whom may become involved if abuse is suspected or alleged.
The school has a responsibility to collate basic information such as who has parental responsibility for a child, and to pass this information to the relevant agencies if so required. In the event of an investigation into possible child abuse, the school has a responsibility to co-operate with the investigating agencies to the best of their ability to promote the welfare of the child. Whilst the school will always attempt to work in partnership with parents and try to ensure that they are fully informed of, and participate in, any action concerning their child, if there is a conflict of interest the welfare of the child must be the paramount consideration.
Should you wish to discuss child protection and the safety of you child, or indeed any topic involving your child, please feel free to contact the school.
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