As a very small village school, Stanton Drew has a unique and very special feel. Everyone knows and looks out for each other and it feels like a big extended family. Parents and other family members play a big part in the life of the school and communication and contact between you and the school is frequent and informal. The maximum number of children we could have is 10 per year group, but currently many of the year groups are smaller than this, resulting in smaller class sizes.
We have 3 classes:
Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1:
Meerkats is made up of Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 so children have 3 years in this class. Both the Early Years and the KS1 curriculum are taught alongside each other and the younger children have the benefit of access to the more formal KS1 curriculum as soon as they are ready. Academic standards and expectations of behaviour are very high and the older children act as very helpful role models for the younger children, who learn and adapt to school life very quickly as a result.
Key Stage 2:
Chinchillas is made up of Years 3 and 4 and Lemurs is made up of Years 5 and 6. KS2 are taught in two separate classes for as much of the week as possible. Currently this is over 70% of teaching time, with the remainder of the week taught as one group (currently 35 children), with one teacher and one teaching assistant. We organise the timetable so that activities more suitable for a larger group are held when the classes are together, and subjects that need smaller groups such as English, Maths, French and Science are taught when they are split into two classes. PE is usually taught in single Year groups often on the Bishop Sutton site because of the hall and outside space.
The school is a safe, comfortable, nurturing environment where adults and children work closely together and share many enjoyable events and activities through the year. At the same time, academic standards are high, the work is rigorous and we expect high levels of effort in children’s work and encourage them to take responsibility for their own learning.
Children are expected to wear school uniform at all times unless otherwise specified (For example, Reception children do not wear uniform for Forest school sessions)
Uniform consists of:
- Pale blue polo shirt (plain or with school logo)
- Royal blue sweatshirt or cardigan with logo
- Grey trousers, skirt or pinafore dress
- Black shoes
- Blue and white summer dress (optional)
- Blue t shirt with logo or plain white t shirt
- Black shorts
- Black plimsolls
- Plain dark long-sleeved sweatshirt and tracksuit bottoms for outdoor games
- Trainers (no flashing lights) for outdoor games
Optional items also available with logos:
- Waterproof fleece jacket
- Knitted hat
Jewellery should not be worn due to the risk of loss or damage. If children have pierced ears, then studs should be worn to school but removed for P.E.
Children are expected to have a book bag on starting school. Bags printed with the school logo can be purchased via the school office. Children use the bags to bring their reading books and diaries back and forth each day and to take home any letters or notices – so they should be checked every day.
At Stanton Drew, we have high expectations of homework in all year groups.
- Daily Reading at home is an expectation of all children and is the most effective tool in helping them progress with all aspects of learning. We encourage this by providing a range of books at an appropriate level and appealing reading diaries for them to complete. Children in KS2 will be expected to take responsibility for this as they can read and record in their diaries independently, so they will receive a sanction if they do not do this. Younger children, who rely on adults to hear them read, would not receive a sanction but parents will be asked in to discuss it if they are not reading frequently at home.
- Other Homework for YR-2 will include maths and English exercises to consolidate work in class, learning letter names and sounds and key words and home-school activities such as the cookery bag. They will also have opportunities to make simple presentations (e.g. show and tell or book and tell with parents)
- Learning Logs are the main written homework tasks set for KS2 (Y3-6), replacing weekly maths and English exercises. They are set fortnightly and are designed to enable children to demonstrate a range of learning skills and pursue further the areas of work that interest them. The aim is to inspire and encourage children to take pride in their work and choose to extend their learning, so they contain a lot of choice and flexibility in how they’re presented.
- Spellings and tables will be learned and practised through the course of the school day and children will be expected to practise at home for their tables challenge. Spelling investigations and exercises will be a frequent part of their work in school and may be incorporated into their learning log work if appropriate. Learning set lists for weekly tests will no longer be a standard part of homework set.
- Children will be expected to take part in a rota to make presentations to their class in a format of their choice.
- Targeted homework will be set for children if needed. For example, if they are falling behind with their spelling or tables or any other area of maths and English. It may also be set if they are working beyond expectations and need an extra challenge. This will be agreed in consultation with parents and would take the place of any other homework set (apart from reading).
- Children in Y5/6 are prepared for the demands of high school. This won’t necessarily be achieved by setting more homework, but by setting frequent and varied deadlines to encourage them to take responsibility for their own homework and working to different deadlines.
Maths games and online activities will be available if you and/or your children wish to do extra practice at home.
The school day
Gates open: 8.45am
Registration and start of school: 9.00
Break time: 10.30-10.45
End of school: 3.15 (gates open at 3.10)
Children can either bring a packed lunch or have a hot school meal.
School meals are cooked on site at Bishop Sutton by our brilliant cook, Rose Light, and brought over to Stanton Drew. Meals cost £2.60 per day for children in Y3-6 but are free for all children in Reception, Y1 and Y2 and those children eligible for free school meals. Meals are paid for in advance through ParentPay, the cashless payment system. Meals are ordered every morning during registration which offers great flexibility.
We use an online payment system to enable payment for meals, trips etc. as easy as possible. Please ask in the office for an activation form and click here to access the service.