If, as a parent of a pupil attending Newby Primary, you require a paper copy of the information on this website, we shall provide this free of charge.
At Newby we believe all children should have access to the curriculum, whatever their sex, religion, race, culture, special needs or circumstances. We ensure children have access to the full range of opportunities by offering a broad and balanced curriculum relevant to the needs of each individual child and reflecting the world in which we live.
The fact that all groups of pupils make good and improving progress shows the school’s successful promotion of equality of opportunity and tackling discrimination. ~ Ofsted 2013
Bradford has declared a commitment to equal opportunities and believes that schools play a vital part in this process. We support these views and aim to provide an environment which will prepare our children for life in today’s multi-cultural society. At Newby we actively discourage discrimination of any kind.
Your child will be encouraged to understand that behaviour that goes against this policy is totally unacceptable in school. It is dealt with by all staff, and is referred to a senior teacher.
- Extensive training for staff in the principles of Talk for Learning, and its widespread use as an integral component of everyday classroom practice;
- the establishment of Friday prayers for pupils and staff in school;
- a new policy to ensure that all trips and visits are risk-assessed for cultural and religious sensitivity;
- modification of site security arrangements to take account of disability and mobility concerns;
- the establishment of a comprehensive student voice consultation to supplement School Council work;
- a system put in place to ensure that whenever any school policy is agreed or updated, its impact on equalities is considered;
- equalities issues considered at every Leadership Team meeting as a standing agenda item;
- the introduction of questions into parent and staff feedback forms which specifically address equality and disability.
Please click here to read the Equalities Report.
As part of pupils’ curriculum entitlement and the development of ICT skills, Newby provides supervised access to the Internet, including e-mail.
We have an e-safety policy which all children are taught to follow. This is currently under review. Please contact the Office for information about the current practice. This ensures your child’s safety when accessing the Internet. Our access provider operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials and we ensure that a responsible adult always supervises access.
Extended Schools Provision
The school provides for an ever-increasing range of extended schools clubs and activities including opportunities for pupils to
take part in residential visits.
In the past there have been visits to areas of interest in the locality and further afield; some have been for children and teachers only, others for families and children. We offer a range of activities during lunchtime, after school and during school holidays to extend and support Newby pupils. Details of activities currently running can be obtained from the school office
Research over a number of years in this and other countries has shown that homework can make an important contribution to pupils’ progress at school. There is a belief that there is enormous advantage in children spending regular periods of time on different learning activities as part of a homework programme which supports the work they do in class. It is for these reasons that homework has been incorporated into the work of Newby pupils. Communication with parents about homework not being done or not being completed to a high enough standard should take place on every occasion.
Homework in Newby is set from Nursery to Year 6.
It is expected that all children will read their home reading book every day. In addition, there is a weekly maths and English task. For Years 5 and 6 only, there will sometimes be an additional science task.
Click here to view the Homework Policy
Please inform us of the reason for your child’s absence from school. This will allow us to keep track of the illnesses which are circulating within schools and help us identify any opportunities to prevent them from spreading further. Please telephone 01274 772208 or call in as soon as possible. Out of school hours, a message can be left on the automated switchboard.
Click here to read the ‘Your Child’s Health’ brochure.
Items in School
It is school policy that children do not generally bring items to school, as it is possible that they may get lost, stolen or broken. If on occasions teachers request that specific items are brought to show in class or assembly, or for a display, the teacher will take responsibility for them. Anything not requested cannot be the responsibility of the school.
Medicines in School
At Newby, we have a named Health Care Officer, Aroosa Qadeer, and have a School Nurse who will be happy to discuss any medical issues you may have.
We are unable to give to children, or allow them to take themselves, any form of medication other than that prescribed by a doctor and then only if it is unavoidable that it is taken during the school day.
If your child is asthmatic, please contact the school office. Staff will be happy to take details and arrange storage of your son or daughter’s inhaler. If your child has any other specific long-term illness for which medication is required, please contact the Headteacher.
Safety in School
Pupils say that they feel exceptionally safe in school. ~ Ofsted 2013
The school takes its responsibility for Health and Safety very seriously and has made the buildings and grounds a safe and secure environment for your child. All doors leading into school are open only for the minimum of time each day and when locked are fitted with push pads for ease of use in case of emergency. Children are reminded that they must not under any circumstances open any doors to anyone. When the children are outside at break times we make sure that there are several staff on duty to oversee this. In addition, there is always a first aider on duty.
Regular checks are made to ensure that the school complies with Health and Safety Regulations and high standards are maintained.
Parents with worries about their child’s progress should contact the class teacher in the first instance who will arrange a meeting with Philip Jones if extra advice and support is required. Interpreters will always be provided where necessary.
Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEN)
potential. We recognise that each child brings an individual set of abilities to school and needs an environment in which these can be fostered and grow.
Click here to see the full School Offer for SEN.
The Special Educational Needs (SEN) Co-ordinator at Newby is Philip Jones. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of SEN provision in school. He acts as the link between external agencies and school, and ensures that provision is made to enable an appropriate response to be made to address children’s needs, allocate support and promote staff training and development.