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A Short History of Limes Farm Infant School

The school was opened in 1974 due to high numbers in the existing primary school which is now the Junior School. The school was built as  a semi-open plan, split level building. There is an enclosed courtyard, a hall, library and Computer suite. We have one demountable classroom in the grounds.


The grounds are quite extensive with plenty of hardplay areas and grass for when it is dry. There is a wooden adventure playground, tyre play area and a climbing wall.The reception classes share a designated fenced off outdoor area which is used extensively throughout the day.

The school serves mainly the local estate with the children coming from a wide variety of cultures and religions.


The school was last inspected by OFSTED in November 2017 when the school was judged as ‘good’. The full report can be found on the OFSTED website


When can my child start school?

All children may start school in the September preceeding their 5th birthday. Part time schooling is an option for those children who would benefit from this approach.
We are able to admit 60 children per year.

All parents and carers must apply to the school through the County Admission procedure.


How is the school organised?

The organisation of the school depends on the numbers of the children on roll. At present we have two Reception Classes, two Year 1 classes and two Year 2 classes. Each class has a colour as a name, Blue and Green for the youngest, Orange and Violet for Year 1 and Red and Yellow for Year 2, the oldest children in the school. Apart from the classteacher, each class has a Learning Support Assistant. Additional LSAs are employed to support children in small intervention groups or sometimes 1 to 1 depending on their need. Some children also have LSAs assigned to them due to their special needs.

The children change classes at the beginning of each academic year in September.


When are the school terms?

Details of the school terms and holidays are regularly sent out in newsletters and always at the end of a school year for the following year.

They can also be found on the Essex County Council website and the school website.

In addition to the County wide holidays there are staff training days. Details of these are shared with parents and carers at the beginning of the Autumn Term.


The School Day

8.45 a.m.

The entrance doors are opened. Parents and carers are invited to sit with their child to share a quiet reading time until the official start to the day.

8.55 a.m. : The bell is sounded and the register is taken

12.00 : Lunchtime

1.00 p.m. : Afternoon session begins.

3.00 p.m. : School ends.

It is important that your child arrives on time and develops the habit of being punctual. Anyone arriving after 9.00 a.m. is registered as late and will be taken to their class by a member of staff to minimise disruption to the class. If you know that your child will be late and they require a school lunch could you please telephone the school so that one can be ordered.


Keeping your child safe

The school considers the safety of your child to be paramount. Every effort is made to make your child feel safe at school and we have a Site Security Policy which we adhere to for their physical safety and good behaviour, anti-bullying, equal opportunities, racial equality, disability and gender policies to promote emotional safety. We establish positive relations with the children so they feel secure and supported.

The Child Protection Policy sets out our duty and procedures to report to the relevant authorities any concern we may have about any child we feel is being abused outside school. In extreme cases we do not have to inform parents or carers before we do so. A copy of the Child Protection Policy is available under the 'Policies' section of this website and also from the office if you would like one.


What will my child be taught?

The children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (those in the Nursery and in their first year at school) follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum. This covers Communication and Language, Literacy, Maths, Personal Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

Children in subsequent years are taught the National Curriculum. There are the core subjects which are English, Mathematics, Science, Computer Studies and Religious Education.

In addition there are the Foundation Subjects of History, Geography, Music, Art & Design, Design & Technology, Personal Social and Health Education and Physical Education.


How is Religious Education taught?

R.E. is taught in accordance with the Essex Agreed County syllabus, ‘exploRE’. This syllabus develops the children’s understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions (Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism and Buddhism)

Visits are organised to the local church and other places of worship for other faiths as opportunities arise. In Year 2 we also invite parents/carers of different religions into school to talk to the children about their faith and how they live their lives.

In this school there is a simple, daily collective worship of non-denominational character which is also used as a chance to celebrate children’s achievement.

Parents may, if they wish, withdraw their child from the arrangements for worship and religious education, but it would be helpful if such request were made to the Headteacher in writing. Pupils who are withdrawn will be supervised by an adult elsewhere in the school.


Is Sex Education taught?

The Sex and Relationships Education in this school is part of the wider personal, social and health education programme. It is not taught as a single subject in the curriculum. However, as they arise, questions are answered sensitively and where the teacher feels it necessary, parents are informed.
We provide opportunities for children to observe first-hand a variety of plant and animal life, and also to find out about themselves and develop ideas about how they grow. This approach is linked to the National Curriculum for Science and PSHE.


How does the school support children with Special Educational Needs and Gifted and Talented children?

Children identified with educational needs or as more able are supported in a variety of ways. First the tasks set them are carefully planned to be suitable for their needs. Extra adult support is also sometimes provided in small group setting or on a one –to-one basis. Targets are set regularly and One Plans are developed for SEND children with regular reviews so that progress can be carefully tracked. Parents and carers are termly invited into the school to discuss progress and next step targets with the class teacher and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator who co-ordinates the process. More able children may also have special targets set to ensure that they make good progress. We aim to work in partnership with the parents and carers to provide as much support and guidance as possible.


How does the school support children with disabilities?

The school works with external agencies to ensure that appropriate provision is made to enable children with disabilities to enter the school and access a full curriculum. The school undertakes to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that the child is not placed at a substantial disadvantage.
There is a ramp into the building and a toilet with wheelchair access. Further access improvements planned can be found in the Accessibility Plan available within the 'SEN' section of this website.


How can I help my child at school?

We try to foster a partnership between home and school so that your child will get the best out of their time here. All children bring home a reading book and library book to share with you. Maths games are also sent home every week for you or another adult to play with your child. As your child moves through the school they will have spellings to learn and other homework activities. It is important that your child feels encouraged to complete these activities and that they have some space to do them in. Regular reading practice of 10 minutes per day is far more useful than half an hour now and again.

Most important of all is to take an interest in what your child is doing and encourage him or her to talk about the activities. You are able to visit and look at you child's books every Wednesday at 3.00 p.m.  We call it our 'look together' which gives you time to look through their books, talk to your child about what they are learning and see how well they are doing.

If in doubt, please ask your child’s teacher who will be only too happy to explain any aspect of supporting your child.


What opportunities are there for finding out how my child is doing?

‘Parents Evenings’ are held four times a year and a full written report is sent home once a year in the summer. Parents are encouraged to make an appointment for each ‘Parent Evening’ when your child’s progress will be discussed in detail with targets set on what your child needs to concentrate on to improve further.
Parents are also welcome to ask the class teacher at any time during the year about their child’s progress and the time before the register is taken is a good opportunity to make an appointment or for the class teacher to give a quick update on certain aspects.

From time to time certain information meetings are held where various topics are discussed.

We hope that you will feel welcome in the school as co-operation between school and home is of greatest benefit to your child.


Do the children wear school uniform?

School uniform is not compulsory but the school does sell some items of clothing with the school logo. Most of the children do wear some of the uniform. The prices are as of below:

  • Sweatshirt £9.00
  • Cardigan £10.50
  • Polo shirts £7.00
  • T-shirts (for P.E.) £4.50
  • P.E. shorts £3.50
  • P.E. bags £5.00
  • Book bags £5.00

All children need a P.E. kit consisting of a T-shirt, shorts and plimsolls in a bag at school at all times.



What if my child is unwell?

If your child is unwell and will be staying at home please ring the school to tell us.
We can administer prescription medicines from the doctors. Forms are in the office to complete if you require us to do this. Cough sweets etc are not allowed in school.

Should your child be suffering from sickness or diarrhoea, the NHS advise that children should definitely be kept off school until at least 24 hours after their symptoms have gone as this reduces any risk of the spread of infection.
If your child regularly uses an inhaler for asthma, ensure that they have one in school which is in date with their name on it. If your child sometimes requires an epi-pen we also need one of those in school.

Sometimes children fall ill during the day and the school will always get in contact with you. It is therefore important that we have a current contact telephone number. We may also be in touch if your child has an accident in school which is more serious than the usual scrapes and bumps. Any bumps to the head during the day will result in a letter being sent home that day informing you.

In the case of an emergency, where it has not been possible to get in contact with you, the Headteacher will act on the advice of qualified medical personnel.


How does the school promote good behaviour?

The school promotes a positive behaviour policy and aims to work closely with parents. We are a community in which behaviour is based on mutual respect, understanding and tolerance for the different needs of others. We expect the children to develop responsibility for their own actions and their effect on others.

The values, standards and attitudes of the school community are made clear by example, praising the right behaviour and discussion. We hope that by being a part of the rule making process, each child will feel responsible for keeping to them.

Bullying is not tolerated and any reported incidents are investigated thoroughly.
If a child displays persistent anti-social behaviour, consultation is arranged between the teacher and parents initially so that a strategy can be implemented to correct the matter. Very occasionally physical restraint may have to be used if a pupil is in danger of hurting themselves or others. It may also be used if behaviour is seriously compromising discipline or a pupil is damaging property. We have a Physical Intervention policy which can be asked for in the office. This follows Government guidelines. County policy permits, in the rare cases of serious and persistent indiscipline, exclusion from school.


How is Racial Harassment dealt with?

By using all the nine protected characteristics, from the 2010 Equality Act such as race, gender, religion, disability etc. we ensure that all pupils are entitled to an education which respects and values their identity, individuality and background and is free from racial discrimination and harassment. All allegations of racial harassment will be taken seriously and investigated thoroughly.


What are school lunches like?

All meals are cooked on the premises by a company called ISS. A menu is available from the office. All children in the Infant School are entitled to a free dinner every day.

All food, if possible, is cooked from fresh and there is a range of salads and bread each day to accompany the food.

Please let us know if your child has any food allergies or cannot eat certain things for religious reasons. Our kitchen can accommodate all special diets – just let us know.

Packed lunches can be eaten at school, if you prefer. We hold the ‘Healthy Schools Award’ and do encourage healthy eating which includes packed lunches. Children must have a nutritionally balanced packed lunch. Our Healthy Eating packed lunch policy is shared with the Junior School and includes suggestions for the contents of packed lunches. We discourage snacks such as crisps and more than one item of cake or biscuit. Our Healthy Packed Lunch Policy can be found on the website.


Are drinks and snacks allowed at other times

All children receive a piece of fruit for the afternoon break through the Government’s 5 –a – Day scheme.

We encourage all children to bring a small named bottle of plain water to school to drink during the day as research has found that children who are dehydrated do not learn as well. There are also six water fountains in the school which children can use.

We have a Food Policy which details all aspects of food in the school including food in the curriculum. Please ask if you would like a copy.


Will my child be photographed at school?

We invite a professional photographer to the school twice a year. In the Autumn Term to take individual or family photographs and later in the school year to take class photographs. The school also takes photographs as a means of recording achievement of our pupils. These may displayed in books or kept in teacher’s recording files. The local press do record some special events. Photographs are also used on the School Website but children are never named. When your child starts school parents/carers are asked to sign a consent form for photographs of your child to be used in this way.Photographs are allowed during special assemblies and concerts but only for personal use. There is a strict ban on putting any photograph taken at school on any social media website.


What if I have a complaint?

From time to time, many parents have a concern about their child’s education or well being. Many such concerns can, and should, be resolved at school level.

If you have a concern you should approach the classteacher initially and then the Headteacher. The Governing Body is also there to assist you.

If, however you are still not happy then there is a more formal Complaints Procedure to the Governing Body. Please ask in the office for a copy of this procedure if you need it.


Safety Issues

We do have some Health and Safety rules that are for the welfare of the whole school community.

  • Smoking is not allowed in any part of the school grounds.
  • No dogs are allowed in the school grounds.
  • Parents should not drive into the school car park or park near the school gates.
  • Children are not allowed to wear jewellery or bring valuables to school as the school cannot accept liability for any missing items.

We hope you found this information useful. If you have any suggestions about how it could be improved please tell us.