Prepare my child/children for school life


Dear Parents/Carers,
Here is your toolkit to support and help you and your family through your journey at The Leys. If you require additional information and support please email admin@leys.herts.sch.uk

Brighter Days - Breakfast & After School Club

Brighter Days Club aims to provide a friendly, fun and safe environment together with high-quality childcare for all pupils aged 4 - 11 (Reception to Year 6), before and after school hours. There is always a variety of activities provided for the children to cater for the differing ages and interests, including drawing and painting, board games, reading and other shared activities, reading. The children have access to the playground where staff lead a range of activities for them.

Breakfast Club

The Breakfast club opens at 7.30am in the Junior School building.

Afterschool Club

The Afterschool club runs every school day in the Junior School building from 3:15pm - 6:00pm.Snacks and drinks are provided in line with our healthy eating policy.

For further information please visit our website: www.brighterdays.org.uk
Or give us a call: 07542 199299

Class Details

Information to follow

Educational Acronyms

Can be found here

E-Safety

Keeping our children safe online has become just as important as teaching them how to cross a busy road. The internet brings fantastic opportunities for learning, but at the same time children need to learn how to keep themselves safe. This forms an important part of the curriculum but it is important that we work together in partnership.

What is being taught?

E-Safety is taught as part of computing lessons. The children are being taught how to use the internet safely and how to deal with issues that may arise from accessing online materials.

This is something that is constantly being reinforced to keep the 'SMART' message in the forefront of the children's minds. The school has effective monitoring and filters in place that helps safeguard all users when accessing the internet in school. Any issues that may arise are instantly alerted to the SLT and our Computing leaders who can deal with the issue in the most effective and efficient way.

Below, you can find notes and handouts from parent sessions. There is also a parents guide section, these contain useful information about specific apps, platforms, games and explain ways of staying safe whilst using the Internet.

BE Smart on the internet


Here at The Leys Primary & Nursery School we follow the SMART principles for staying safe on the internet. These are;


S - SAFE
Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information – such as your full name, email address, phone number, home address, photos or school name – to people you are chatting with online.

M - MEETING
Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present.

A - ACCEPTING
Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!

R - RELIABLE
Information you find on the internet may not be true, or someone online may be lying about who they are.

T - TELL
Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online. You can report online abuse to the police at www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Links and Resourcs

  • Childnet.com

    An organisation working directly with children, parents and teachers to ensure that the issues of online child protection and the safe and positive use of the internet are addressed.

  • www.nspcc.org.uk/online-safety/

    The NSPCC also have a range of advice and support on how to help children stay safe online

  • www.parentinfo.org

    This website was developed out of a partnership between CEOP and The Parent Zone and contains lots of good eSafety advice.

  • www.saferinternet.org.uk

    Here you will find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.

  • www.thinkuknow.co.uk

    The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has set up its own website which has been designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers.

  • www.kidsmart.org.uk

    Kidsmart is an award winning internet safety website for parents and those working with children. It has been developed by the children's internet charity Childnet International and has excellent information on many of the technologies used by children, with guidance on how to ‘stay safe’ online.

  • www.bullying.co.uk

    One in five young people have experienced bullying by text message or via email. This web site gives advice for children and parents on cyberbullying.

  • www.internetmatters.org

    Specific help on how to set up internet controls at home. Guidance and articles for parents about keeping children safe online.

  • www.digizen.org

    A website designed to strengthen awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is. It encourages users of technology to be and become responsible DIGItal citiZENS.

  • Think U Know - Infants
  • Think U Know - Juniors
  • BBC - Stay Safe
  • Kidsmart
  • Bullying UK
  • Hector's World

Friends of The Leys PTA

Role of the FOL

What is the FOL?
It stands for 'Friends Of The Leys'

It’s everyone who one way or another is connected to the School: parents, teachers, teaching assistants, office and caretaking staff, Governors and all stakeholders involved in the School.

The FOL acts as a starting point for the school community, it is a support mechanism for the School and a support means for all parents. It is also a major contributor to fundraising for the School.The FOL organises and runs a multitude of events throughout the year to help raise money for the School. And these are fun events for all the family and for grow-ups.

Every year the School runs and supports Enterprise Day, termly Discos, non uniform days, a SummerFair and many other activities. Our biggest fundraisers are The School Discos and Summer Fair.

Money raised at these events is then spent on various projects:


In the near future, the School is looking to invite both theatre companies and artist’s to visit the school, as well as continue to upgrade IT equipment for the children and planning extra curriculum trips for pupils.

Our aim is that we will work together to help the school and this in turn will help the children!

If you are interested to learn more, please do not hesitate to contact the Chair of the FOL Committee friends@leys.herts.sch.uk, or any current FOL Committee member through the School’s office.

Help comes in many guises and everyone is welcome!

What's Coming Up Next

Newsletters

Home Learning

How to support Home Learning

Remote Learning - Information For Parents - Download To View

Follow this guidance to help to create a positive learning environment at home:

Be realistic about what you can do

Keep to a timetable wherever Possible

Downloads & Links

  • Remote Learning Advice for Parents
    Here
  • Twinkl
    On this page you will find links to our specially curated packs for remote learning, school closures and school re-openings so whatever stage you are at we are here to help.
    Here
  • Reading Books Link for Year Groups
    Here
  • Home Learning ideas for older pupils
    Here
  • Home Learning ideas for older pupils
    Here
  • How to improve Writing skills for children: 14 Easy Tips
    Here
  • Fresh Writing activities to inspire your children
    Here
  • Home Learning ideas for our younger pupils
    Here
  • BBC Bitesize You will find daily lessons for homeschooling in Maths and English for every year group, as well as regular lessons in Science, History, Geography and more.
    Here
  • Virtual Library Page
    On the Virtual Library page scroll down to read now. This will take you to the page where you can read the book, watch videos from the author, see some author recommended reads and links to some activities linked to the book.
    You will see the front cover of the book and directly under are buttons to turn the pages and read the story.
    Here
  • Maths Home Learning
    Here
  • Reading Home Learning
    Here
  • Reading hyperlinks to access resources
    Here
  • Science Activities
    Here

Google Classroom



Parents Guide to Google Classroom

As you’ll be aware, under the current circumstances relating to COVID-19, staff at The Leys have been preparing resources for home learning opportunities. We consider it to be vital, for both academic and mental health needs, that all children have the opportunity to access learning when at home for a sustained period.

To that end, we have set up a Google Classroom for each class and will be providing all pupils from Years 1-6 with a login. Some ​pupils have been shown how to access their Google Classroom and below is further information for you regarding access.

Google Classroom is a free and secure learning network for teachers, pupils and schools. It provides a safe way for us to connect, share content, access homework, participate in discussions and receive class information. Using Google Classroom allows you and your child to have access to work at any time through the Internet and is accessible online and through any mobile devices with Internet capabilities—including iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Additionally, the use of Classroom will help keep pupils and parents informed of work to complete.

There is an option for pupils to message each other, however we strongly advise against this and request that you use the platform purely for accessing learning and communicating with the class teacher.

We would like all pupils to make contact with their class teacher within the next two weeks and use it as a platform to communicate and stay in touch with their class teacher and pupils. Pupils may want to use the opportunity to ask questions about work that has been set.

At a later date, teachers may set some tasks for pupils to complete with no time restrictions.Pupils in Reception classes will have home-learning set through Tapestry, as normal.

For further information see our Parents Guide to Google Classroom pdf

Further reading:
- How to submit an assignment in Google Classroom

Links with Pre-Schools

Pupils join our Nursery or Reception classes from many local child care services: including pre-schools, day nurseries and child minders. We maintain positive links with all our providers and always contact and visit the previous setting of new pupils as part of the transition programme, if local.

Pilgrims Way Pre-School

The Leys has close links with our local pre-school Pilgrims Way which is on our site. They have access to our facilities in the school, and have strong links with our Teaching team in the Early Years. We fully support the high quality provision they offer. If you have a 2 or 3 year old child looking for a place then please call them to check availability.

Do you claim Income Support or Working Tax Credits?

Please enquire at the pre school or call them on 01438 369519 and ask for Karen or Chloe.

Medical Care

The Leys Primary & Nursery School is an inclusive community that supports and welcomes pupils with medical conditions. We aim to provide these pupils the same opportunities as others at the school.

On admission to the school you are asked to complete an emergency contact form. This form also requests information about any medical conditions your child may have. It is important that this record is kept up to date and that you provide us with as much information as possible about any conditions which may affect the well-being of your child.

Diabetes School Award

The school was very proud to become one of the first of 19 recipients of the Diabetes UK charity's Good Diabetes Care in School Award, which is open to all schools in the UK. The schools were chosen by an assessment panel, which includes parents and representatives from Diabetes UK. We were presented with the award during an assembly on 16/12/2017.

The award is to acknowledge those schools that have worked really closely with pupils, school staff and parents to ensure that children and young people with Type 1 diabetes in their school have the same opportunities as their peers without the condition. This ensures children with the condition are able to fully participate in their education and so reach their full academic potential.

Illness

If your child is unwell and unable to attend school please telephone us before 08:50.m. If your child is taken ill during the day we will contact you to make arrangements for your child to go home.

First Aid

If your child sustains a minor injury at school we will administer first aid. If your child has a head injury we will inform you by text, send a bumped head letter home and your child will be given a bumped head sticker. In the event of a serious injury both the emergency services and parents will be contacted.

Medication

If your child needs medication during the day we require you to complete a form at the office. Staff will only administer medication that is prescribed and essential; that is where it would be detrimental to a child’s health if the medicine were not administered during the school day. It is the responsibility of the parent/carer to collect the medication from the school office at the end of the day.

Asthma

If your child suffers from asthma we require you to complete an asthma card (available at the office). This card helps us to know the instructions for administering the medication to each child. The card will be kept in the classroom along with your child’s inhaler. Please ensure that you provide the school with an inhaler that has been prescribed to your child, in its original box and clearly labelled with your child’s name. The school keeps emergency salbutamol inhalers which can only be used if the pupils prescribed inhaler is not available and if we have written parental consent for the use of an emergency inhaler. Consent forms are available from the school office.

Allergies

If your child suffers from an allergy please let us know. We have a number of children in school with severe nut allergies; therefore we are a nut free school and ask that no food containing nuts is brought into school.

Individual Health Care Plans

Individual Health Care Plans will be created for those children with more complex medical needs; such as diabetes or anaphylaxis. The IHCP is a written agreement with parents and in some cases the school nurse, who identify the necessary safety measures that need to be put into place to support pupils with medical needs and ensure they are not at risk. It is the responsibility of parents/carers to inform the school of any medical needs to ensure a care plan is completed as soon as it is needed and to also inform us if the care plan needs to be updated.

Reminder

It is essential that you keep us updated of any changes to your contact details.

Meet Our Staff

Senior Leadership Team

Mrs D Khangura
Head Teacher
Responsibility: Safeguarding, Leadership & Management, Progress & Attainment, Teaching and Learning, Professional Development and Coaching lead. Attendance. Behaviour and Wellbeing.

Mrs A Barr
Deputy Head Teacher
Responsibility:  Safeguarding,Teaching and Learning, Behaviour and Wellbeing, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities , Mental Health Lead teacher and Designated teacher for Looked after children.

Dr A Christie
Assistant Head Teacher / Class Teacher
Responsibility:  Upper KS2 Leader, Mathematics Subject Leader, Pupil Parliament, Global Learning,Volunteers Manager, Professional Mentor.

Mrs A-M Fonseca
School Business Manager
Responsibility:  School Finance, Health & Safety, Medical Plans, Admin & Lunchtime Staff, First Aid.

Miss M Doherty
Assistant Head teacher/ Class Teacher
Responsibility: KS1 Team Leader, Pupil Premium Leader, Designated teacher for Post Looked after children.

Miss J Garner
Lead Teacher/ Class Teacher 
Responsibility: English Writing, More Able Leader and Lead for Action Research.

Middle Leadership Team

Miss K Chandraratna
Class Teacher
Responsibility:  Lower KS2 Leader & History   

Mrs J Pomroy
Responsibility:  Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Miss S Lea
Class Teacher
Responsibility:  English Reading Leader.

Miss H Luzzeri
Class Teacher
Responsibility: Science Leader.

Early Years

Higher Learning Teaching Assistant: Mrs C Smith 

Nursery

Campbell Class
Teacher: Mrs E Balaban
Responsibility:  Early Years Leader

Early Years Practitioner: Mrs L Stewart
Teaching Assistant & Learning Support: Mrs D Vaughan-Gray, Mrs M Katun, Miss M Judd, Miss J Callis

Reception

Benjamin Class
Teacher: Miss E Lawther

Higher Level Teaching Assistant / Class Teacher: Mrs C Smith
Higher Level Teaching Assistant: Mrs S Jones

Murphy Class
Teacher: Miss S Lea
Responsibility:  English Reading Subject Leader

Teaching Assistant: Mrs C Smith
Learning Support: Miss Ch Pemberton

Key Stage One


Higher Level Teaching Assistant: Mrs N Chapman
Pupil Premium Mentor: Mrs S Gajic

Year 1

Bryon Class
Teacher: Mrs H Buckley
Responsibility: Religious Education Subject Leader

Teaching Assistant & Learning Support: Mrs K Pockett & Miss T McDonaugh

Kerr Class
Teacher: Mrs L Webb (Mon - Wed) / Miss R Parry  (Thurs- Fri covering Mrs L Masiey maternity leave) 
Responsibility:  D&T leader

Teaching Assistant: Ms I Ogungbenle
Pupil Premium Mentor: Mrs S Gajic


Year 2

Soundar Class
Teacher: Miss M Doherty
Responsibility:  KS1 Leader, Pupil Premium Leader

Teaching Assistant: Mrs K Fountain

Donaldson Class
Teacher: Mr K Harlock
Responsibility:  Computing Leader

Teaching Assistant: Mrs S Leadbetter / Mrs J House
Learning Support: Mrs P. Bains

Lower Key Stage 2


Year 3

Gavin Class
Teacher: Ms K Fathers 
Responsibility: Computing Leader

Higher Level Teaching Assistant: Mrs M Davies
Teaching Assistant: Mrs S Rowell / Madame Feuer

Dahl Class
Teacher: Miss A Glenister
Responsibility: Art Leader

Teaching Assistant: Mrs G Hildebrandt
Learning Support: Ms.L Warner


Year 4

Morpurgo Class
Teacher: Miss K Chandraratna 
Responsibility: Lower KS2 & History Leader

Teaching Assistant: Ms J Boardman

Mante Class
Teacher: Mr N Blanch

Teaching Assistant: Mrs C Phipps

Upper Key Stage 2


Higher Learning Teaching Assistant:  Mrs K Parrett

Year 5

Zephaniah Class
Teacher: Mrs E Sullivan (Mon- Wed) & Mrs A Soule (Thurs- Fri): School Travel Plan

Teaching Assistant: Mrs L Banks

Riordan Class
Teacher: Miss J Garner
Responsibility: Writing & More Able Leader

Teaching assistant: Mrs  H Westwood


Year 6

Malala Class
Teacher: Dr A Christie
Responsibility:  Upper KS2 & Mathematics Leader

Teaching Assistant: Miss M Devonshire
Teaching Assistant: Mr M Page

Blackman Class
Teacher: Miss Hayley Luzzeri
Responsibility: Science Leader

Teaching Assistant: Mr M Page

Teacher: Miss L Greve 
Responsibility: Geography Leader

Pupil Premium Mentor: Mrs A Pathak


Subject Specialists

Mr B Byford  
Specialist Sports Teacher
Responsibility:  PE Subject leader

Mr J Newlands: PE Specialist

Mrs R Gwinnett
Music Teacher
Responsibility:  Music Subject leader

Mr S Sapsed
Specialist Dance Teacher


Administration

Mrs A Fonseca
School Business Manager
Responsibility:  School Finance/Health & Safety Officer

Miss J Bullen
Admin
Responsibility:  Admissions

Mrs L Hoskins
Finance Assistant & Admin
Responsibility:  School Finance

Mrs K Reeves
Admin
Responsibility: Attendance


Support Staff

Mrs S Clibbon
DSP Safeguarding Lead / Family Worker
Responsibility:  Mental Health Lead

Miss S Heath
SEND Teaching Assistant

Mrs S Gajic
Pupil Premium Learning Mentor KS1

Mrs M Davies
Pupil Premium Learning Mentor Lower KS2

Mrs A Pathak
Pupil Premium Learning Mentor Upper KS2


Mid-Day Supervisors

Miss L Caslake - Lunchtime Manager
Miss T Milner - MSA
Mrs A Gannon - MSA
Miss S Sharp  - MSA
Miss T Callis - MSA
Mrs I Ogungbenle - MSA
Miss C Hedger - MSA
Mrs D Pinnigar - MSA
Miss A Howard - MSA
Miss M Worsdale - MSA
Mrs M Tring - MSA
Mrs A Audier - Casual MSA
Miss V Lesueur - Casual MSA


Kitchen

Mrs M Kiraka - Cook


Site Manager

Mr M Small - Site Manager
Mr D Dinnage - Assistant Caretaker

Parent Forum

Statement from the Governing Body of The Leys

The Governors of The Leys are keen to work closely with parents and carers to help shape the future of the school. This is why we have established the All through Parent Forum to encourage greater representation and influence from those who have children at the School.

What a Parent Forum Is:

A Parent Forum is a body of parents and carers, which represents parents and carers and provides a forum for them to put forward their views to the Headteacher and Governing Body. The Parent Forum is representative of all parents and carers in the school community and is an inclusive and accessible way to involve parents and carers in decisions about the School. It is a forum through which parents and carers can be consulted, learn more about the School and how they can be involved in it, be provided with information and encouraged to network with other parents and carers. Involvement in the Parent Forum is less formal and requires a lesser commitment than being a member of the Governing Body, whilst enabling parents and carers to make a real contribution to the School

Functions of the Parent Forum:

The Governing Body remains the decision-maker and provides the strategic leadership for the School. The Parent Forum has a consultative and advisory role; it is a means to strengthen the voice of parents and carers and to enable them to express their opinions and influence decisions. Parents and carers are a driving force behind their children’s achievements, but also for improving the School system as a whole. The Parent Forum gives parents and carers a route to express their opinions and ideas and the School and the Governing Body, a means to sound out parents’ and carers’ views on decisions about the strategic direction of the School. The ParentForum also supports the Governing Body in promoting the well-being of students. Parents and carers value not only educational achievement at the School, but a commitment to a positive ethos and a range of activities and opportunities beyond the formal curriculum. Involvement in the Parent Forum is an opportunity to generate a culture of genuine participation and to attempt to reach those disengaged parents and carers and parents and carers of particular groups of students who may face significant barriers to their inclusion such as language, literacy or culture.

The Benefits of a Parent Forum:

The following benefits of having a Parent Forum have been identified:

Parent Forum Vision and Mission:

The Vision
The Leys All Through Parent Forum aspires to reach out and engage with all parents and carers, providing them with a voice and to actively contribute to making a difference to the educational and life experience of students

The Mission
“Success through parental engagement and involvement.”

Parent Forum Meetings 2022
Coming Soon

RSE Ideas for Parents/Carers

Available to download and view below
RSE ideas for parents/carers

Support for Parents/Carers

Please use these links to find a wide variety of resources and organisations to help support children, parents and families

The Leys Primary & Nursery School

Ripon Road, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 4QZ.
01438 314148
admin@leys.herts.sch.uk

Copyright © 2022 - The Leys Primary & Nursery School
Headteacher:  Mrs D Khangura
Chair of Governors:  Mrs Marina Stone