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FAQs

View our FAQ’s and please contact us if you have any further questions.

What is inclusion?

Schools have a responsibility and legal duty to value and teach all children, to respond to children’s
diverse needs and to reduce any barriers to learning. At Oakthorpe we are committed to this and are
proud of our inclusive ethos, which we achieve in a number of ways including:

  • Providing children with extra support either in or out of the classroom, individually or in a group.
  • Having advice and support from a range of other professionals like educational psychologists, speech and language therapists, the school nurse or the behaviour support service.
  • Helping our children to respect children and others with different needs and learn to live in a diverse society and to be kind and gentle towards everyone.

What is the role of a school governor?

Our Governors include parents, members of the local community and the Local Authority and staff. The role of the governors is to promote high standards of achievement and ensure that all children receive the best possible education. Our governors have a range of skills relating to health and safety, finance, child protection, law and education which help them ensure that our money is well spent, our children are safe in school and we focus on any areas that need improving. Each term they receive a report on the standards in school. Governors help the school voluntarily and I would like to thank all our governors for their support.

Do you know about PE and sport at Oakthorpe?

I am sure you know that we take PE and sport very seriously at Oakthorpe. We have a strong PE team which ensures that every child receives at least two hours of high quality PE a week and provides opportunities before and after school for children to take part in sports, gymnastics and dance. In addition, we enjoy many sporting success through our involvement in inter-school competitions.

We receive additional funding for PE from the Government which we are using to:

Improve standards in gymnastics across the school, through additional support and training for teachers in school and through external courses Increase opportunities to develop teachers’ skills in a range of sports and for children to participate in competitions arranged by Enfield School Sports Association.

Increase the number of children who can swim at least 25m by the time they leave Oakthorpe.

Increase participation in PE in Reception, through purchasing glider bikes.

Recently we have enjoyed number of sporting successes, including winners of the Year 5 and 6 gymnastics competition, third place in the Enfield Indoor Athletics competition and a strong start in the football and netball leagues.

Well done to everyone who has taken part and thank you to our PE team, led by Mr Oldham.

What are our school rules?

The behaviour policy has been revised by our School Council, and they proposed that the whole school adopted the 5 key values adopted last year in Key Stage One. All classes and all staff universally accepted this idea, and so our school now has 5 ‘Golden Rules’ as follows.

  • Be safe
  • Be honest
  • Be respectful
  • Be kind and gentle
  • Be the best you can be … and be responsible for your actions.

Why is it important for children to attend school?

Children know that school is important:
Why?

  • to find out more about the world
  • to enjoy making and doing things
  • to be happy with my friends
  • to share what we can do
  • to work together with others
  • to get good exam results
  • to get to college or university
  • to get a good job

A morning off school = 3 hours missed
An afternoon off school = 2 hours missed

Days off school soon add up and will result in:

  • Children will not know how to do the work
  • They will feel left out
  • They will get left behind
  • They lose touch

If a child’s attendance falls below 90%, the Education Welfare Officer will be informed.