Here at Byron Primary School our behaviour and rewards policy is underpinned by a Fair Charter. The Fair Charter sets out the rights we have and the behaviour that is expected of everyone.
Click here to see the Fair Charter in more detail.
Safeguarding children and protecting them from harm is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play. Byron takes this role extremely seriously and our approach to safeguarding is underpinned by two key principles:
• a child-centred approach: for services to be effective they should be based on a clear understanding of the needs and views of children; and
• safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility: for services to be effective each professional and organisation should play their full part.
At Byron we fulfil these principles by always putting the needs of each individual child at the centre of what we do; working closely with other agencies to provide effective support; and providing staff with regular and up-to-date safeguarding training.
Mr Carthy is the school's Designated Safeguarding Lead. This includes Prevent, Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage.
Mr Chantler and Mrs Langthorne are Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads. Mrs Vella is the Senior Welfare Officer. All received updated DSL training in September 2016.
Mrs Broadaway is the Data Protection Lead.
Worried about a child?
Information, help, support and advice if you are worried about a child in Medway.
Click here to view a copy of Keeping Children Safe in Education.
Making a referral to Medway Council Children's Social Care
If you have concerns that a child or young person living in Medway is suffering from harm please use the following contact details;
- Tel: 01634 334466
Children's Advice and Duty Service (CADS)
Telephone: 01634 334466
24 hour emergency number: 03000 419191
Fax: 01634 333188
Alternative telephone numbers where you have concerns about a child.
- NSPCC 08088005000
- Child Line 08001111
- Medway Police 01622690690
Useful contact details
- Non emergency number 101
- Emergency number 999
- LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) Clare Wilkes - Tel: 01634 331229
At Byron we aim to educate our children so that they can use information technology safely, both in school and in the wider world. We have a rigorous e-safety policy which highlights the three main risks posed by inappropriate use of technology:
Content - Are the things you are doing appropriate?
Conduct - Are you behaving in the right way online?
Contact - Do you know who you are talking to?
We promote the safe use of information technology to the whole school community in a variety of ways including: discrete teaching of e-safety, cross-curricular teaching of e-safety, e-safety assemblies, involvement in national events such as Safer Internet Week and Cyber Anti-Bullying Week, parent e-safety training sessions and regular staff training.
All pupils sign up to our information technology pupil user agreement and we urge our pupils to keep to the following rules when using social networking sites outside of school to keep themselves safe:
- Always keep your profile private
- Never accept friends you don’t know in real life
- Never post anything which could reveal your identity
- Never post anything you wouldn’t want your parents to see
- Never agree to meet somebody you only know online without telling a trusted adult
- Always tell someone if you feel threatened or someone upsets you
Mr. Chantler is the school E:Safety co-ordinator. Please make an appointment to speak to him if you have any concerns regarding your child and e-safety.
For more information about how to be e-safe please visit CEOP's www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Visit CEOP to report inappropriate online behaviour https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
To children, online friends are real friends. Online life is real life. There's no distinction. Parents and families understand the dangers children face in everyday life, from being careful when crossing the road to not talking to strangers. But keeping children safe online can sometimes seem much harder. This needs to change.
That's why the NSPCC has joined forces with O2 Together. They want to get every family in the UK to talk about and understand their child's online world, just as they would their day at school. They want to bring parents and children together, to explore, create and play in the online world.
Their nationwide programme of workshops will give parents and families the skills and knowledge to understand the internet as children do. To create real change, bringing online safety programmes into schools and workplaces.
Expert advice will be available through the NSPCC website, a new online safety helpline for parents and from trained staff in O2 stores. They will also be putting on huge events for parents and kids all over the UK. And if you’re ever worried about something, you can always call the online safety helpline on 0808 8005002. Sometimes it’s easier to talk things through. The following website link is very helpful: http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
The School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/1124) requires schools to publish certain policies on their website. These policies are listed below and can be viewed by clicking on the hyperlinks.
The school has many more policies than those which appear on this page. A full list of policies can be obtained from the main school office or by emailing a request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Concerns and complaints
As a matter of daily routine, schools receive numerous contacts from parents and other interested parties. Many of these will be resolved simply by providing information or through the arrangement of an informal meeting. Therefore the initial approach will normally be made to the school office, or to the individual member of staff who is likely to be able to provide the necessary information.
Stage 1 - Informal
In some cases it may be necessary to request a meeting with a senior member of staff. Any such request should be made via the school office and details should be noted on the model form below. The request will need to include sufficient details to allow the school to decide whether a meeting is necessary, who should be asked to attend the meeting and to make any necessary preparations.
The procedure is likely to stop at this stage if the concern has been explained satisfactorily, or a shared understanding has been reached about the issue being raised.
Stage 2 Formal
If your concern or complaint is not resolved at the informal stage you may choose to put the complaint in writing and pass it to the head teacher, who will be responsible for ensuring that it is investigated appropriately. If the complaint is about the head teacher, your complaint should be passed to the clerk to the governing body, for the attention of the chair of the governing body.
A complaint form is provided below to assist you. You should include details which might assist the investigation, such as names of potential witnesses, dates and times of events, and copies of relevant documents. It is very important that you include a clear statement of the actions that you would like the school to take to resolve your concern. Without this, it is much more difficult to proceed. Please pass the completed form, in a sealed envelope to the school office. The envelope should be addressed to the head teacher, or to the clerk to the governing body, as appropriate.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) at Byron School
At the heart of our work in school is an ongoing cycle of planning, teaching and assessment that is differentiated to take into account the range of abilities of our children. The majority of children will learn and progress within these arrangements. Those children whose overall attainments and achievement in specific subjects fall significantly outside the expected range may have Special Educational Needs (SEN).
The SEND team at Byron work alongside class teachers to support the different needs of the children in our school. To read more about the support that they provide for pupils click here.
To read Medway LEA's Local Offer - to find information on the type of support available for children with special educational needs and disabilities, click here.
If you are moving into Medway and would like a place at any Medway school please contact Medway's Student Services Operations Team or visit www.medway.gov.uk
We have 525 places in school. The pupil admission number (PAN) is 75 per year group.
As an Academy as part of The Westbrook Trust, our Admissions Policy for 2017 and 2018 follows Medway Council guidelines.
If we are over-subscribed the following criteria will be applied in the following order:
- children with an EHCP (where we are the named school)
- children in care
- a brother or sister is already in school
- health considerations
- multiple birth children
- nearness to school
The main office holds a waiting list for any year group currently full. The position of individual children on that waiting list is determined by the over-subscription criteria listed above.
Please contact the School Office if you would like to arrange a visit. A school leader meets every new family either personally or at a meeting arranged for all children joining our Foundation Stage.
Our priority is to ensure that your child settles happily into school. We give your child (and you) the opportunity to become familiar with the school, its routines and show how you can help your child make the best of their learning.
Appeals for Year R – Academic Year 2017-2018
18th April 2017 - The offer of a place in a school will be given.
17th May 2017 - This is the date by which an appeal for Year R for September 2017 must be handed in if you do not want a place in the school you have been given. Your appeal should state your reasons for this request. Additional information may be submitted later and full information regarding your appeal will be sent to you once the school receives your initial request in writing.
You are asked to note that if the appeal is for Year R, (or any other year in KS1) that the school is bound by infant class legislation. This means that it is against the law to have more than 30 children in any one class. This school has a PAN (Pupil Admission Number) of 75 for Year R and it is likely that all the places will be allocated according to the school’s over-subscription criteria. However, the PAN may be divided in 3 groups meaning that a very small number of appeals may be upheld by the Independent Appeal Panel.
In Years 1 and 2 any successful appeals are unlikely in order that the law regarding infant classes is not broken. Consequently, there are only limited conditions under which an appeal may be upheld. Very, very few appeals, if any, are successful for Years 1 and 2 in this school because it cannot break the law and have more than 30 children in any one class. For the last few years no appeals for these two year groups have been successful at this school.
Any appeals for this school for Year R will be held in mid/late July 2017 but you are advised that there is only a small chance of success.
It is advisable to place your child on the school’s waiting list alongside any appeal request. You are more likely to be given a place from the waiting list than through the appeal process.
Any appeals lodged after 17th May for Reception/‘in-year’ casual admissions will be heard within 30 days of submitting the request.
If you have any queries regarding an appeal, then you are asked to contact the school.
The term dates given below are for pupils only. In addition to these, staff are required to attend training days each school year. Dates are subject to change.
Term dates for the remainder of 2016 - 2017
Summer Term 2017
Start - Tuesday 6th June
Finish - Tuesday 25th July
Term dates for 2017-2018
Autumn Term 2017
Start - Tuesday 5th September
Finish - Friday 20th October
Christmas Term 2017
Start - Tuesday 31st October
Finish - Tuesday 19th December
Winter Term 2018
Start - Monday 8th January
Finish - Friday 9th February
Easter Term 2018
Start - Monday 19th February
Finish - Thursday 29th March
Spring Term 2018
Start - Monday 16th April
Finish - Friday 25th May
Summer Term 2018
Start - Tuesday 5th June
Finish - Wednesday 25th July
Key Dates in the coming terms
25th July - Year 6 Leavers Service at Church (9:30am).
25th July - Last Day of Term 6.
5th September - First Day of Term 1
7th September - Year R Start (Part Time)
18th September - Year R Begin Full Time
3rd October - Junior Harvest Festival
10th October - Grandparents Event
17th and 19th October - Parent Consultations
20th October - Tag Day (Blue Theme)
20th October - Last Day of Term 1
31st October - First Day of Term 2
Uniform & Presentation
By sending your child to this school, you are accepting your role in ensuring that your child arrives for school in absolute compliance of this guidance.
It is our policy that all children must wear school uniform when attending Byron Primary School and when participating in an organised event outside of the normal school hours. Pupils are expected to be in full school uniform at all times. It is the responsibility of all parents to ensure that their child arrives at school in accordance with this policy. This guidance is designed to help parents understand what is required when they decide to send their child to this school and forms part of the home/school agreement.
The uniform children are required to wear at this school is kept as simple as possible so that costs can be kept low and it is easy to get.
- a navy blue jumper, sweatshirt or cardigan
- navy, black or grey trousers, tailored shorts, skirt or dress. Blue and white checked dresses may be worn during summer. Black or navy tights matching the colour of skirt or dress
- a white or blue polo shirt, shirt or blouse
- flat plain black shoes or black trainers with black laces (no heels or open toes, coloured logos or Heelies)
- PE Kit (shorts, t-shirt, trainers, jumper, jogging bottoms, sweatshirt)
Please make sure that all uniform is clearly named. This includes coats and lunchboxes. Staff will name any uniform found not to be so by writing the child’s name onto one of the labels inside the item, if this has not been actioned by parents following a request.
If your child arrives at school without the expected uniform, you will be contacted and requested to bring in the correct uniform. The school will keep a small quantity of clean, second-hand uniform for cases when this is not possible. If you are suffering from financial hardship, please contact Mrs Vella, our Family Liaison Officer.
Uniform bearing the school logo is available to purchase online from our supplier:
Children are allowed to wear a watch (except smart watches) and small studded earrings in pierced ears. We do not allow children to wear any other jewellery. We ask children to remove jewellery during PE and games. They must be able to remove earrings themselves and the school will not take responsibility for items which are lost.
The school does not permit children to have haircuts that could serve as a distraction to other children. Pupils must not wear extreme hair fashions, these include dyed, streaked or ‘Mohican’ hair. The head teacher will have the final say on whether a haircut is deemed to be a distraction.
Children with hair which is shoulder length or longer must have this neatly tied back at all times. If your child attends school with their hair loose, they will be given a temporary band to tie their hair up with. Hair must be tied back for P.E.
If a child comes to school with a style that is not permitted within the letter or the spirit of this guidance, parents will be contacted and advised that the style must be rectified. It is not possible to foresee misinterpretations of this guidance or to predict future fashion trends so parents are reminded of the expectation that the decision of the school in such matters is to be respected at all times.
Make-up, nail varnish and temporary tattoos are not permitted on days and occasions when pupils are expected to wear their school uniform unless otherwise stipulated (e.g. for fundraising purposes).
The School Day
Starting and Finishing times
08:40 to 15:30 (Monday to Thursday)
08:40 to 13:15 (Friday)
Children enjoying Friday afternoon clubs will stay until 15:30 and have already been advised of the clubs they will be attending.
FS - 11.45 to 12.45
KS1 - 12.00 to 13.00
KS2 - 12.15 to 13.15 (12.00-13.00 on Fridays)
Drop-off and collection
At the beginning and end of the school day, parents are encouraged into the playground. This helps to build up a close relationship between home and school – we want to have good links with all parents. If normal arrangements have to be altered (e.g. you are delayed or another person is collecting your child) please let us know - ring the school office and speak to Mrs Smith or Mrs Parker.
Coming to school
To get to and from school, walking is definitely the best option! Road crossing patrols are provided on Rock Avenue and Canterbury Street. If you have to bring the car please park wisely.
Road Crossing Patrols
08.35 to 09.05
15.15 to 15.40
08.35 to 09.00
15.15 to 15.40
There is no lunch duty on either road crossing patrol.
Our School Council is an important part of our school’s Pupil Voice. Each class from Year 1 to Year 6 elect two representatives who attend the regular meetings with Mrs Heyes. Issues are discussed in Class Council Meetings and then the children’s views are brought to the School Council by the representatives.
We feel that the school council is an important way to teach children about the importance of democracy and decision-making.
Mr Jon Carthy - Head Teacher
Mrs Jo Langthorne - Deputy Headteacher (FS/KS1)
Mr Graham Chantler - Deputy Headteacher (KS2)
Miss Becky Masters - FS Phase Leader / Year R Teacher
Mrs Shelley Tudball - KS1 Phase Leader
Miss Nicola Scudder - Lower KS2 Phase Leader
Mr Gary Atkins - Upper KS2 Phase Leader
Mrs Zoe Darley - FS Teacher
Mrs Rachel Cobley - FS Teacher
Mrs Fiona Baptie - Year 1 Teacher
Mrs Nita Fentiman - Year 1 Teacher
Mrs Debbie Kelly - Year 1 Teacher
Mrs Karen Sullivan Year 1/2 Teacher
Miss Jessica Fawcett - Year 2 Teacher
Mrs Claire Dawson - FS/KS1 Booster / PPA Teacher Miss Rebecca Knight - Year 3 Teacher
Mrs Deborah De Grey - Year 3 Teacher
Mrs Hayley Heyes - Year 4 Teacher
Mrs Diana Lovell - Year 4 Teacher
Mrs Keren Rose - Year 5 Teacher
Miss Sarah Nuttall - Year 5 Teacher
Mrs Sarah Cheeseman - Year 6 Teacher
Mrs Sue Cooper - Year 6 Teacher
Mrs Helen Gander - Booster / PPA Teacher Mr Richard Lock - Music/Boosters/PPA Teacher
Miss Dani Keen KS2 Boosters / PPA Teacher.
Mrs Helen Hill - SENCo.
Mrs Helen James - SEN Teacher / RWI Leader
Mrs Jan New - Speech Therapist
Mrs Karina May - E2L Teaching Assistant
Mrs Mandeep Virdi - E2L Teaching Assistant
Mrs Denise Damerell - FS/KS1 HLTA
Mrs Judith Lee - KS2 HLTA
Mrs Toni Bates, Mrs Irina Kohannova and Mrs Denise Lockwood - FS TAs
Mrs Corrina Davison, Mrs Kate Mills, Mrs Mel Newman, Mrs Christina Randall and Mrs Nicky White - KS1 TAs
Mrs Cheryl Fitzgerald, Mrs Ann Barnes, Mrs Jackie Conroy, Mrs Jane Durkan, Mrs Pam Nicholson and Mrs Lauren Turner - KS2 TAs
Mrs Tracy Hallett and Mrs Lorraine Paul-Scullard - General Assistants
Mrs Matty Vella - Family Liaison Officer
Ms Natalie Green - Pastoral Teaching Assistant
Mrs Carla Broadaway - Business Manager
Mrs Debbie Smith and Mrs Stephanie England - School Administrators
Mrs Jane Parker - Personnel and Finance Administrator
Mrs Gail Davies and Mrs Gemma Knight - Key Stage Administrators
Mr Ian Nicholson - ICT Technician
Breakfast and After School Club
Mrs Caroline Parsons Club Co-ordinator Mrs Lorraine Spickett Club Assistant Mr Harry Taylor Club Assistant
Mr Ken Bangs - Site Manager
Mrs Beverly Morris, Mrs Carole Brisley and Mrs Brigitte Hawkes Cleaners