The Governing Board and Senior Leadership Team are delighted to share with you information you will need to know as prospective parents/carers of a pupil at Sunny Bank Primary School. We are very proud of the education we provide for our children and we have a team of talented staff who are dedicated to doing the best for all pupils.
Thank you for taking the time to read our prospectus and we look forward to showing you around our friendly school.
Управляющий совет, а также представители высшего руководства школы рады поделиться с вами информацией, которую необходимо знать, будучи родителями/опекунами будущих учеников в начальной школе Sunny Bank Primary School.
Мы очень гордимся образованием, которое мы предоставляем нашим детям, и у нас есть команда талантливого персонала, преданного своему делу и достижению наилучших результатов для всех учеников.
Спасибо за то, что вы уделили время прочтению нашей брошюры, и мы с нетерпением ждем момента, когда мы можем показать вам нашу дружелюбную школу.
Rada zarządu i kierownictwo wyższego szczebla maja przyjemność udzielić Państwu informacji o naszym prospekcie szkoły, z którym jako rodzice przyszłych uczniów szkoły Sunny Bank, będziecie musieli się zapoznać.
Szkoła Sunny Bank jest bardzo dumna z poziomu edukacji i pracuje z zespolem wspaniałych i utalentowanych pracownikow, którzy z pełna dedykacja poswiecaja się pracy z uczniami.
Dziękujemy serdecznie za zapoznanie się z naszym prospektem i bardzo chętnie pokarzemy Państwu nasza przesympatyczna szkole.
Sunny Bank Vision Statement
We are an ambitious new school; we want the best for each child, because they deserve no less. Sunny Bank Primary School is committed to providing high quality primary education that prepares children to be successful, confident learners in a nurturing and safe environment. We are an integral part of the local community working in partnership with staff, governors, parents/carers and others to maintain the friendly, caring ethos.
The happiness and well-being of the children is paramount to us, recognising that all are treated in a just and fair manner. The school provides exciting, challenging and inclusive experiences for all our children to become independent, aspirational individuals who have respect for themselves and others.
History of Our School
Sunny Bank Primary School evolved from the amalgamation of Murston Infant School and Murston Junior School, opening in September 2016.
The history of formal schooling in Murston extends back approximately 150 years. School buildings were first erected in the 1860’s on the former Murston Infant School site. Over the subsequent century additional buildings were added and the number of pupils attending the school grew. In 1972 these school buildings were re-designated as an infant-only school and the new junior school opened on the adjacent site.
The name Sunny Bank Primary School was decided by a process of voting by parents/carers, governors, staff and the children of both schools. The Temporary Governing Board were delighted to announce the name of the new school in December 2015 after approval to progress the amalgamation was granted from the Department for Education.
School Calendar 2018-2019
Timings of the School Day
School buildings open for pupils to enter
End of Day
Parents/carers should assume the school will remain open in the event of snow or other inclement weather. However, should the school be forced to close because of extreme circumstances, announcements will be made via all of the following:
our school website
our school text messaging service
Parents/carers may also search for information on the website www.kentclosures.co.uk/ and optionally sign up for text alerts as soon as a closure is registered (please note that a fee for text alerts will be incurred from this website).
Information about timings of Nursery sessions may be obtained separately.
Ms Debbie Wheeler
Head of School
Deputy Head / SENCO
Education support staff
Family Liaison Officer (FLO)
Administrative & clerical staff
Governing Board members are drawn from a variety of backgrounds comprising parents/carers, staff and community members and they have an important role to play in the leadership of the school and work closely with the Senior Leadership Team to:
set the strategic direction of the school
hold school leadership to account
manage school finances
Members of the Governing Board are interviewed and held accountable for the progress of pupils’ education in the school by Ofsted during school inspections.
Their work is supported by a Clerk to the Governing Board.
Details of the membership of the Governing Board, together with declarations of business interests may be found on the school website. If you are interested in becoming a school governor you are encouraged to contact the Chair of the Governing Board to find out more about the role and commitment required.
Please address all correspondence for the Governing Board to:
The Clerk to the Governing Board
Sunny Bank Primary School
Extended School Facilities
Sunny Bank Primary School offers a Breakfast Club that runs every morning from 08:00 to 08:40. Children can choose from a selection of cereals and toast together with a variety of drinks. Children’s attendance can be flexible provided prior notice has been given and the registration forms have been submitted. There is a small daily charge for Breakfast Club.
Please seek assistance from the school office to obtain the registration forms.
A wide range of sporting and extra-curricular clubs will be offered throughout the school year. Details will be published termly and on the school website.
Admission to the Primary School
Kent County Council administers all new Reception class entry to Sunny Bank Primary School. Should you wish to apply for a place during the year (in-year admission), an application can be made directly to the school. Please refer to the Admissions policy on our website using the link below, or ask school office staff:
Admission to the Nursery
The nursery class has 52 part-time places and can take up to 26 three or four year olds per session (three hours in the morning or afternoon). The nursery has three intakes a year in September, January and April. Children become eligible for a place the term after their third birthday however we will consider offering places to those children who are eligible for Free For Two funding in the term in which they turn three (rising threes). Admission is made by direct application to the school.
Detailed criteria will apply if the nursery is oversubscribed. Please access the Admissions policy for full details using the link below or asking school office staff for more information:
Attendance at the school nursery does not guarantee a place at Sunny Bank Primary School and all parents/carers who want a Reception place for their child must complete an admission form (RCAF) which is available on the KCC website.
Sunny Bank Primary School receives additional money called Pupil Premium which is government funding provided for eligible pupils who would benefit from extra support. In order to access this money, we need your help.
If you are in receipt of any of the following:
Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
then please register at: www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/free-school-meals to ensure we continue to receive this additional funding.
If you think your child is entitled under the service personnel category or has been adopted from care and the school is not aware, please let the school office know.
If you have any difficulty registering, please ask school office staff or the Family Liaison Officer.
If your child is eligible for Pupil Premium funding and therefore also entitled to a free school meal, they can still choose to bring a packed lunch from home instead without affecting the funding the school receives.
Communication with Parents/Carers
Research has repeatedly demonstrated that good communication between home and school is vital for a child’s learning and to enable them to make the most of the school experience.
There will be many opportunities during the school year for you to be involved in your child’s education including parents/carers’ meetings, school reports, regular newsletters, updates on the school website and via social media.
We utilise Parent Mail and Class Charts to communicate specific information to Parents/carers.
Pupils need to attend school regularly to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them. If your child does not attend regularly he or she will not be able to keep up with school work. Repeated absences lead to your child feeling less confident at school and impacts on their friendships within the class.
You as parents/carers have a legal responsibility to ensure that your child attends school each day. Failure to send your child to school regularly may result in a penalty notice being served.
We work closely with the Local Authority Inclusion Officer and will invite parents/carers in to discuss any attendance issues to ensure all the necessary support is in place to encourage regular attendance by all pupils.
In a school year there are 190 days available for your child’s education and if they attend all of these will result in 100% attendance. Missing only 10 of these will mean that their attendance figure for the year is 95% attendance.
Should your child miss 19 days of school then their attendance figure will drop to 90% and they will be considered a ‘persistent absentee’. This would be a serious cause for concern.
Please work with us to ensure that your child attends school regularly as every school day counts.
Explanations of all absences are required from parents/carers. Please let us know by 09:30 if your child is going to be away from school and why. Parents/carers of children who are absent and who have not contacted the school will be telephoned on the first day of absence. If parents/carers do not provide the school with a valid reason for absence together with medical evidence where appropriate, this may be recorded as unauthorised absence. If your child is absent from school for two or more consecutive days medical evidence will be required.
An acceptable absence includes contagious disease (eg chicken pox, measles, diarrhoea or vomiting) or a hospital appointment.
An unacceptable absence includes birthday celebrations, holiday, minor illness or headlice. This list is not exhaustive.
Only the headteacher on behalf of the Governing Board can grant authorised absence.
The start of the school day...
School doors open at 08:45 with registration soon after. This allows your child to go into school with sufficient time to prepare themselves for the day ahead. Arrival at school after 09:20 is classed as an unauthorised absence for the morning session.
The end of the school day...
We have personalised hometime collection slips for Year R, 1 and 2 and will only release children into the care of a person who is over the age of 16 years who is on the list. Please ensure the school office is kept up to date with any changes to ensure the safety of your child at hometime.
Please collect your children promptly at the end of the school day. This is at 15:00 for Reception and Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) children and at 15:15 for Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) children. If you’re running late, please telephone the school office with as much notice as possible to let us know what alternative arrangements you have made for the collection of your child and so we can reassure your child.
Good Behaviour: Our Expectations
All staff are committed to raising children’s self-esteem and praising good behaviour. Incentives for individuals, groups, classes and teams are a feature of the school.
We have a whole school approach towards behaviour and monitor any unacceptable behaviour closely. We encourage and reward positive behaviour. If we experience any difficulties, you can be assured that we will get in touch with you at a very early stage so you can work with us to address the issue.
Likewise, all parents/carers are requested to contact the school as soon as they are concerned about the behaviour of their own child or the behaviour of others so it can be dealt with swiftly.
A full copy of our Behaviour policy is available from the school website and gives more information about our approach.
We use the Edukey Class Charts app to share individual pupil behaviour information.
Please see the school website for guidance and useful links about staying safe online. All users of school ICT equipment (adults and children) are asked to sign an Acceptable Use of ICT agreement.
The school has a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL, Mrs Harrap-Stanley) and clear policies for child protection and safeguarding. Staff undergo regular training and are kept fully informed of current procedures and practice. Staff members, governors, visiting specialists or regular volunteers are subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. The welfare and safety of our pupils is our top priority and we take it extremely seriously.
Photographs and images of your child
A consent form is provided for parents/carers regarding use of your child’s image within school and, occasionally, for wider use. To protect the rights of other pupils within school, at school events such as Sports Day, Christmas productions, Easter Parade, parents/carers are asked not to photograph or film their child. We are grateful for your co-operation in this matter.
At Sunny Bank Primary School we follow EYFS framework and the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
More details can be found at the following website:
The Foundation Stage curriculum can be found at the following website:
Collective Worship and Religious Education
Worship in school is of a broadly Christian nature but also acknowledges other World faiths and moral issues. School worship is a varied and important time for children to reflect on a variety of different themes. Acts of collective worship take place daily in the classrooms. The School also has termly collective acts of worship led by the Family Trust and weekly class assemblies led by the local Parish Priest. In addition to this the children also attend the local Parish church for services at Christmas and Easter.
The 1944 Education Act states that the parent or carer of any pupil can request that their child be excused from attendance at religious worship or instruction, the pupil may be excused attendance accordingly.
Please see the school website for further information
At Sunny Bank Primary School, we ensure that all children have access to a broad and balanced curriculum regardless of their race, gender, disability or religion. Work is differentiated to take into account all capabilities and learning styles ensuring children progress and achieve their potential.
Since our country is very much a multi-cultural, multi-faith society, we promote understanding and interest in a wide range of nationalities and cultures. Special provision is also arranged for teaching bilingual pupils. The School has Equal Opportunities and Racial Incidents policies and takes a strong stance against racist behaviour and applies the appropriate sanctions and procedures.
All uniform is available online from Mapac (www.mapac.com/education), and a small quantity of stock is available from the school office.
General Uniform (All year groups including Nursery)
Navy blue sweatshirt or cardigan with school logo
White shirt/blouse or white polo shirt (logo optional)
Grey or black ankle length trousers (not ¾ length or pedal pushers)
Grey or black skirt (knee length) or pinafore dress.
With skirts or dresses: white ankle socks or grey/black tights in winter
With trousers or shorts: dark plain socks.
Low-heeled black shoes (flat black boots to be worn inside trousers, winter only)
The only earrings that may be worn are one small stud in each ear, and these must either not be worn or removed by the pupil on PE days. No other jewellery is to be worn.
No beaded hair braids or extreme hair colours/styles are allowed. Long hair must be tied back.
Summer Uniform (All year groups including Nursery)
Navy blue and white checked or striped dress
Grey or black tailored shorts (not sports shorts)
Navy or black sandals may be worn but they must have enclosed toes and heels. No sling-backs or flip-flops.
For PE (Years R-6)
Plain white t-shirt
Plain navy or black shorts
Black plimsolls or trainers (trainers are required in winter for Years 3-6)
All PE kit is to be kept in a PE bag. For Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 please use school logo bag or a bag no larger than 35 x 38cm due to space limitations.
For Art (Years 3-6)
Please provide an apron or adult’s old shirt.
Accessories and Optional items
Book bag, available from school office.
Navy blue reversible jacket with logo
Navy blue baseball cap with logo
Navy blue fleece jacket with logo
Navy blue knitted hat with logo
Please ensure that all your child’s uniform and possessions are clearly labelled with their name.
Our meals are cooked on the premises and all catering is managed by Principals to give the pupils a nutritionally-balanced hot meal.
All school meals for Years 3-6 must be paid for in advance, or online at principals-catering.com/
The government-funded Universal Free School Meals initiative means that dinners for Year R, Year 1 and Year 2 children are free and we hope most parents/carers will take up this wonderful offer. We understand that some children may prefer to bring a packed lunch and they will still be able to do this – no sweets, chocolate, fizzy drinks or glass bottles please. If children bring a packed lunch it is also eaten in the school hall.
Parents/carers are asked to ensure the child’s name is written on the lunch box. Water is available for all pupils at lunch time.
Healthy living is promoted every day at Sunny Bank Primary School. We encourage all Reception and Key Stage 1 children to eat the free fruit or vegetable snack which is provided mid-morning and throughout the day all children are encouraged to be as active as possible.
Water is readily available in each classroom.
The school promotes healthy lifestyles and welcomes visits from health professionals.
The original School Prospectus can be downloaded HERE