Organisation of the School
The school is organised into five classes.
- Class R is for Year R (4 - 5 year olds)
- Class 1 is for Year 1 pupils (5 - 6 year olds)
- Class 2 is for Year 2 pupils (6 - 7 year olds)
- Class 3 is for Year 3 and Year 4 pupils (8 - 9 year olds)
- Class 4 is for Year 5 and Year 6 pupils (10 -11 year olds)
We also operate a House System, and all children belong to one of the following Houses: Columbus, Cook, Magellan or Scott. House Points are awarded for effort and achievement and the House with the most points every term wins a Cup. Sports Day is organised on an Inter-House basis and is a very popular annual event, with both pupils and parents.
Class R follow their own special ‘Early Years’ Curriculum, details of which are available separately. This leads naturally into the National Curriculum, which is organised in four Key Stages.
- Key Stage 1 is for Years 1 to 2
- Key Stage 2 is for Years 3 to 6
- Key Stage 3 is for Years 7 to 9 at Secondary School.
- Key Stage 4 is for Year 10 and leads on to GCSE examinations.
We devote 22.5 hours at Key Stage 1, and 24 hours at Key Stages 2 to teaching the National Curriculum and RE per week.
The following subjects are taught throughout the school:
- Design & Technology
- French (at Key Stage 2)
- Art & Design
- Physical Education
- Religious Education
- Personal, Health & Social Education (PHSE)
The children are taught in various ways and grouped accordingly. There is a mixture of whole class, group and individual teaching; and where group work is planned pupils are either taught in ability groups or in mixed ability groups depending on the teaching or learning planned for that session. In each subject Bledlow Ridge School follows the content set out in the National Curriculum for Primary Schools. For more detail, curriculum letters and mind maps are added to each class page at the beginning of each term. These can be found in the Learning in Classes section of the website.
Children attend two whole class assemblies during the week - one is delivered by a variety of members of staff based around topics current affairs, landmark dates and different cultures. The second whole school assembly is our Achievement Assembly where we celebrate the success of our children both in and out of school during the past week. For the other three days the children have 'Class Assemblies' which allow teachers to focus closely on issues more relevant to their specific classes.
Arrangements for the Care of Pupils
The pastoral care of children is the responsibility of the Headteacher, but in most cases such responsibility is delegated to the Class Teachers who attend to day to day problems as they arise. Support Assistants also have an important role to play in ensuring the well-being of pupils. If children become ill during the school day, parents will be informed if this is possible. If parents are unavailable the alternative emergency contact numbers will be used.
Class Teachers should be notified if a child is receiving any kind of medication, or needs special treatment. However we are not allowed to administer any medication to children so parents should not send in medicines or ointments. The only exception is for children with chronic conditions such as asthma, or anaphylaxis, when Ventolin, other inhalers, or Epi-pens need to be kept readily accessible. However before long coach trips parents are advised to administer travel sickness pills to their children to prevent them being sick on the coach, as this can be very upsetting both for them and for the other children sitting nearby.
The school has a statutory responsibility to safeguard children and will appropriately share any concerns about children’s welfare, possible abuse or neglect. The Designated Person responsible for Child Protection is the Headteacher. The school takes Health and Safety seriously and regularly reviews its provision and practice to ensure both adults and children are kept safe. We are always pleased to receive any information from parents that increases understanding of the child, together with appropriate updating.
Sometimes children have to be absent from school because of illness. In these cases an email or written note should be sent into school upon the child's return explaining the absence. Parents are not authorised to take their children out of school for any other reason without the permission of the Headteacher. Parents are no longer permitted to take their annual holiday within term time The Department for Education has very strict guidelines for ensuring pupil attendance in schools. The attendance rates for Bledlow Ridge School are very high, because of the support we receive from parents both in ensuring their children attend school regularly, and in preventing unauthorised absence.