Great Smeaton Academy Primary School

Statutory Information

Admissions

Great Smeaton School is an Academy school which seeks to serve the Parish of Smeaton and Hornby and those who wish to apply from the surrounding area. As an academy, the school’s Governing Body is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for admissions. The school works within the framework of the Co-ordinated Admission Arrangements as set out by North Yorkshire County Council.

We are an inclusive school that welcomes children from all faiths and of all backgrounds and abilities and all applications will be treated fairly and objectively according to our admissions criteria.

The school will endeavour to accept all children where parents make application for them to attend up to the maximum admission level. The maximum number of permissible admissions per year group is 10. If the number of permissible admissions exceeds this maximum, preference will be given in accordance with the over subscription admissions criteria set out below.

Please click this link to download a .doc version of the application form

It is the duty of the Governors to comply with class size limits at Key Stage 1. This means that the school cannot operate classes in KS1 of more than 30 children.

Children who have a statement of special educational need, which names Great Smeaton School, will be admitted. This is a statutory entitlement under section 324 of the Education Act 1996 and is not part of the oversubscription criteria.

Where there are more applications than places available, governors will offer places, according to the following criteria in order of priority:

  • Children in local authority public care (looked after children).

  • Children who have a brother or sister who attends Great Smeaton School and who will still be on roll at the expected time of admission for the applicant. Brothers and sisters includes, blood relations, step brothers, step sisters, fostered or adopted children.

  • Children with a medical or social need, which is supported by written verification by the appropriate professional to state that Great Smeaton School is the most appropriate school for the child.

  • Any other children.

Tie Breaker

Where there are a more applications than places available within any one of the above criteria then the distance as measured in a straight line from the main entrance of school to the front door of the family home, giving priority to those living nearest to the school.

Application Procedures

All applications must be made using the Admissions Form, which should be returned to the Local Authority by the date given in the pack. Where a parent is seeking a mid-year transfer, the application must be made directly to the school.

Appeals

Where a child is not offered a place at the school, parents can appeal to an independent Appeals Panel. This appeal must be sent to the Local Authority. The parents must give their reasons for appealing in writing and the decision of the Appeals Panel is binding on the Governors.

 

Please see the 'Policies' section for further details in the relevant school policies.

COVID 19

Great Smeaton Academy Primary School is asking for the support and understanding of all our visitors in helping us minimise the risk of spread of COVID19.

We ask our school community and visitors to not enter the school site if they:

  • Are currently presenting any COVID19 symptoms

  • Have knowingly been in close contact with anyone with a confirmed case of Coronavirus

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

Equalities Information

Great Smeaton Academy Primary School maintains its responsibilities in relation to its obligations under the Equality Act 2010, which makes discrimination unlawful against people with protected characteristics. This applies to the school’s role as employer and as a provider of education.

 

Please see the 'Policies' section for further details in the relevant school policies.

Financial Information

Academy Salary Information

There are no members of staff with a salary exceeding £100k

 

Trustees' Reports and Financial Statements
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Please see the 'Policies' section for further details in the relevant school policies.

GDPR and Privacy

Our Data Protection and Freedom of Information Policy, Privacy Notices and Records Retention Policy have all been produced to inform parents and pupils in our school about what we do with personal information. Notices are reviewed regularly and may be subject to change. 

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Data Protection governs how information about living people (such as pupils and staff) is collected and used. GDPR is about personal data.  This means data which relates to an individual who can be identified from that information.  It does not affect all the records the school holds because much of it will not contain personal data.

GDPR became law on 25 May 2018.  It had a number of changes from the previous Data Protection Act.  The main new feature of data protection under the GDPR is an accountability principle, meaning that the organisation does not only have to comply, but it has to be able to demonstrate that it complies.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the national regulator of data protection legislation.  If there is something that we, as an academy trust, are doing that is not quite as it should be, a complaint can be made to the ICO.

N.B. the ICO website is a key place to find further information on GDPR.  Here is the link:

https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/

 

Right of individuals under GDPR 

Individuals have the following rights:

  • Right of access (to receive copies of their personal data);
  • Right to rectification (correcting data if inaccurate);
  • Right to erasure (to request that data is deleted);
  • Right to restrict processing (to request you do not use their data in a certain way);
  • Right to data portability;
  • Right to object;
  • Right to have explained if there will be any automated decision-making, including profiling, based on the data and that they have the right to meaningful information about the logic behind this.

 

Please see the 'Policies' section for further details in the relevant school policies.

OFSTED 

OFSTED Report

Please click the link below to view our latest Ofsted Report

OFSTED Parent View

Please click the following link to go to Parent View:

Pupil Premium Funding 

Pupil Premium is additional school funding for disadvantaged children. It is paid directly to the child's school to improve the quality of their education.

Your child's school may be entitled to pupil premium funding if you receive one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit Only (with income up to £16,190) with no element of Working Tax Credit
  • National Asylum Seekers Support
  • Guarantee Element of the State Pension Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income related)
  • Universal Credit (income dependent)

 

 

Pupil Premium Strategy Documents 

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Safeguarding - Everyone's Responsibility 

Our children’s welfare and safety is of paramount importance to us at Great Smeaton School. Our policies and systems are in place to safeguard and promote our pupils’ welfare, safety and health by fostering an honest, open, caring and supportive climate and relationships with all stakeholders and external agencies.

Staff in our school are made aware that Safeguarding issues 'could and do happen anywhere,' and they are trained to understand what possible indicators for abuse and neglect may look like. They will always act in the best interests of the child and will have a conversation with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) when a concern arises. We have a comprehensive electronic record keeping system to ensure all matters are recorded effectively. 

In line with statutory requirements, staff understand the difference between a safeguarding concern and one involving "immediate danger" or "at risk of significant harm". Staff also know their responsibility is always to record concerns. They are also clear on their responsibilities with regards to contacting the appropriate agencies.

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Miss M Munford Fenwick

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSLs): Miss L O’Mara

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Please see the 'Policies' section for further details in the relevant school policies.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Miss Lynne O'Mara is our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCo), she can be contacted through the school office.

The role of the SENDCo is to support all staff in following the school's SEND code of practice. This may involve identifying, assessing and planning for needs and developing support programmes to meet those needs and break down any barriers to learning.

If you have a concern, always speak to the class teacher first.

 

Key SEND Information 

SEND Policy

Our SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) Policy complies with the guidance given in Statutory Instrument: Special Educational Needs (Information) Regulations (Clause 65) and has been written as guidance for staff, parents or carers and children with reference to the various guidance and statutory documents. It also provide information about the North Yorkshire CC Local Offer 

Accessibility Plan 

Our Accessibility Plan sets out our current site accessibility features and plans for future development. 

SEND Information Report 

Our SEND Information report answers many questions that you may have as a parent of a child with SEND about provision at our school. 

SEND Local Offer

The Local Authority Website can be found via this link:

North Yorkshire Local Offer 

 

Safeguarding and Children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities

Our School recognises that pupils with special educational needs and / or disabilities can face additional safeguarding challenges. Additional barriers can exist when recognising abuse and neglect in this group of children. These can include:

  • assumptions that indicators of possible abuse such as behaviour, mood and injury relate to the child’s disability without further exploration;
  • being more prone to peer group isolation than other children;
  • the potential for children with SEN and disabilities being disproportionally impacted by behaviours such as bullying, without outwardly showing any signs; and
  • communication barriers and difficulties in overcoming these barriers.

In order to address these additional challenges, extra pastoral support is offered for pupils with SEN and disabilities where required.

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Sports Funding 

Schools have a central role to play in supporting all children and young people to live healthy active lives. This is particularly true of primary school where the foundations of positive and enjoyable participation in regular physical activity are established.

Crucial to achieving this is ensuring that pupils have access to at least 30 minutes of physical activity during the school day, alongside high-quality PE provision, taught by confident and knowledgeable teachers and opportunities to experience and participate in a wide range of sports and physical activities. PE and sport premium grant funding is used by schools towards these aims.

Key Indicators

The PE and sport premium is used to secure improvements in the following 5 key indicators:

  1. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  2. Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity
  3. The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement
  4. Broader experience of a range of sports and physical activities offered to all pupils
  5. Increased participation in competitive sport