Paulton Infant School, Plumptre Close, Paulton, BS39 7QY
Telephone Number: 01761 412354
Chair Of Governors: Dave Howson
Head Teacher: Emily Omell
School Secretaries/Administration: Kim Niemand and Jo Bengey
Paulton Infant School School is part of The Partnership Trust who are the Admissions Authority for all schools within it. You can find out more on their website.
We understand that choosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make and we would strongly recommend that you take the opportunity to visit those schools that you are interested in so that you can see the facilities and learning on offer. If you would like to arrange a visit to see our school in action, if you have any questions or require any further information, please contact the school office on: 01761 412354 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have set out below information to support you in making an application for a place for your child at our school.
The Partnership Trust is the Admissions Authority for our school. However, the Local Authority manages admissions on behalf of the Trust for children joining at the start of Reception. Information can be found on Apply for a primary school place (Reception) | Bath and North East Somerset Council (bathnes.gov.uk).
Joining School in Reception: Children are offered three full terms of education in their reception year and most are admitted in the September following their fourth birthday. Legally, however, children do not have to be in school until the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday, so parents may defer the start of school until January or April if they wish. If you would like to find out more, please get in touch.
To ensure a happy and confident start to their formal schooling, there is a carefully managed induction programme in September which includes shorter sessions and days. This enables the staff team to build relationships with the children and for the children to settle into new routines. Children and parents are invited into school for a series of induction events in the summer term preceding their entry. In the first term, parents are invited to curriculum events where information is shared to help them support their child’s learning.
Our planned admission numbers (PAN) are 90.
In Year Admissions
In year admissions are requests for places at school aside from the initial admission of Reception children each September. As an own admission authority, The Partnership Trust is responsible for setting in year admissions processes for all schools within in.
Details of our admission arrangements can be found on the below links and applications are made on the Trust’s Application form which you can find here. If you would prefer a hard copy of any of these documents, please get in touch with the school office.
Appeals For Places
Information on the appeals process and an appeals form can be accessed by following the link below.
Please note that, for children joining us at the start of reception, once we are notified that they have been allocated a place at our school, we will contact you with an invitation to take part in our induction programme. This provides an opportunity for you and your child to learn more about the school and meet the class teachers and for us to find out more about your child.
When children are entering part way through a school year we work closely with parents/carers to create an induction process that makes transition as smooth as possible.
The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
At Paulton Infant School our values are reinforced regularly Please click here to read how we do this at Paulton Infant School.
At Paulton Infant School, children's learning is at the heart of all we do; be this academic, social or emotional. We have devised an exciting, fun and engaging two year rolling plan in order to ensure that regardless of class structure the children will be engaged with learning that meets their specific age and stage of learning. As a Local Authority School, we provide education in line with DfE requirements.
For EYFS (The Reception Classes) this will organised into three prime and four specific areas of learning.
Communication and Language
Personal, social and emotional development
Understanding of the World
Expressive Arts and Design
For Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2 classes), the National Curriculum applies to all children of compulsory school age. This consists of core subject areas of English, Mathematics, Science, Computing and Religious Education as well as foundation subjects including History, Geography, Art, DT, Music, PSHE and PE. These are all taught regularly through a skills-based thematic approach.
We support each child to see themselves as pivotal to the learning process by teaching them all about Gem Power and how to develop this.
We are currently reviewing our Curriculum provision so watch this space!
For more information visit Our Curriculum Page.
Complaints Procedure Statement
Review Date: December 2022
Senior Member of Staff Responsible: Ms Emily Omell (Headteacher) or CEO Emily Massey
Required Level of Approval: Board of Trustees
Governors Responsible: LGB
Ratified by the Governing Body: December 2020
Paulton Infant School will always aim to work in partnership with parents in the best interests of the children. Any complaint will be given careful consideration and will be dealt with fairly.
We will provide sufficient opportunity for any complaint to be fully discussed, and aim to resolve it through open dialogue and mutual understanding. Our policy supports this, as well as providing a formal structure where this may become necessary.
Please click here to download a full copy of our current policy.
The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to ensure protection from discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of specific characteristics (protected characteristics). The Act defines protected characteristics as follows:
religion or belief
pregnancy or maternity
marriage and civil partnership
These protected characteristics apply to pupils, prospective pupils, staff, prospective staff or anybody they are associated with, with the exception of 'age, 'marriage and civil partnership' which do not apply to pupils and prospective pupils.
The Act requires all public organisations, including schools to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty:
Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
Advance equality of opportunity between different groups
Foster good relations between different groups
Please visit The Partnership Trust page to view the Equality Policy.
Ethos and Values
Children, their needs and interests, are at the heart of school communities. Whilst there are features in education provision and school buildings which are common to all schools, individual establishments have a unique nature. This uniqueness is to be found in the people – children and adults – who work there and in the care and respect they show each other, in their attitude to the tasks they perform and what they see as valuable. The actions and attitudes of each member of the community – child and adult – affect the quality of life within the school, the achievement of its aims and the effectiveness of its work.
At Paulton Infant School we offer each child a broad education, developing individual skills and talents so that every child may achieve the best of which he or she is capable. At the same time, we try to give the children a strong and clear sense of their own worth. We aim to create a positive climate, which allows everyone within the school to celebrate the success of others and themselves, whilst providing caring support when needed. Children are expected, however young, to take the degree of responsibility appropriate to his/her stage of maturity, for him/herself, for others and for their environment. Within this framework we aim :-
To keep children’s learning at the heart of our thoughts and actions.
To provide the opportunity for all our children to achieve academic excellence within a broad and balanced curriculum.
To create an ethos which nurtures self-belief, independence and a sense of respect for others.
To ensure that our schools are a happy, safe, supportive and secure place in which to learn.
To create a stimulating learning environment.
To develop strong and productive partnerships with parents and the wider school community.
To have high expectations in all areas of school life.
To prepare children for the future.
The Pupil Premium is an allocation of money given to the school each year by Central Government to narrow attainment gaps between pupils from disadvantaged families and their peers. You can view our Review of Pupil Premium 2020 - 2021 to explain how we have used this money and look at the impact of the strategies we use to support our most vulnerable children.
We use this funding for two main purposes:
To increase progress
To ensure all children are ready to learn. This may involve more pastoral approaches such as strategies to improve positive mental health and reduce anxieties.
View our three year plan for Plan for Pupil Premium 2021 - 2024
At Paulton Infant School we recognise the benefit of keeping children healthy and active, you can read the impact of how we spent our Sports funding grant 2018/19 here
You can read the evaluation of the impact of how we spent our Sports funding grant 2019/20 here.
Our plan for our 2020-21 sports funding grant
You can read the impact statement of how we have spent the Sports Premium 2020 - 2021 here
Sometimes children at Paulton Infant School may need extra help with their learning or an adjustment to their learning environment and or resources. Please look at our SEN policy to see how we support children at Paulton Infant School and also how the Norton Radstock schools have worked together to create a 'Norton Radstock SEN Local Offer'.
During the National Lockdown the DfE have tasked schools with providing high quality education for key workers and vulnerable children within the school setting and also the same for children learning at home.
To access the offer at Paulton Infant School, please read the document within this link.