Cherry Tree Primary School Vision, Aims and Values
We would like our school to be a vibrant, happy and safe place where children love life and learning and gain the
confidence and skills to succeed; a place at the centre of the community where everyone comes together to
support each others education and well being.
For all children, parents, carers, staff, governors and the local community to work together to enable all children
to realise their potential and to help children to grow up to become valued members of the community and make
positive contributions to society.
high moral standards such as honesty and truthfulness,
kindness, respect for ourselves and each other and for our safety,
responsibility, reliability, hard work,
good manners, good behaviour, respect for property and a pride in our surroundings,
problem solving and independent thinking skills, well developed communication skills, creativity,
learning as a life-long activity.
appreciation of the natural environment.
The School Day
Children may go to classrooms for early bird activities
Registration followed by lesson 1
Afternoon registration followed by lesson 4
At 8.50 the classroom doors are open for the children to go straight in. We ask that no-one arrives earlier than
this in the mornings. It is important to your child’s day that they arrive on time for registration.
Good attendance is celebrated weekly in our sharing assembly, with a special trophy awarded for the highest
attending class that week. This reinforces to children and parents who are invited just how important regular
attendance is. . When a child misses just one day of school it can disrupt their learning and set them back
considerably. If your child has to attend a medical appointment please let us know in advance by either writing a
note or informing the school office and then please sign them out if you take them out of school part way through
If your child is absent you must send in a letter beforehand or telephone the school before 9.30 on the first day
of absence to tell us the reason. This is because we have a duty as a school to do what we can for the safety of
our pupils and if we haven’t had a message from you we have to check on the whereabouts of the child.
Children with attendance that falls below 94% are carefully monitored and the headteacher will organise for you
to meet with him to discuss reasons for poor attendance before involving the Educational Welfare Officer (EWO).
The school does not grant permission for holidays during term time.
Children should be collected promptly at 3.15. if for any reason, you will be late in collecting your child, please let
the school office know in good time. Similarly, if you have arranged for another family member or close friend to
collect your child, can you please inform the office..
At Cherry Tree we admit all children in September of the school year they will be five. Children whose birthdays
fall in the autumn term can start full time in September. Those children whose birthdays are in the spring or
summer terms can also start at this time.
The maximum number of children we can admit per year group is 30. There are set criteria that are used to
assess the applications:-
Priority is given to those living within the area served by the school. In the event of the school being
over-subscribed from that area priority will be given to;
Those with a brother or sister currently at the school.
Distance from the school.
For those living outside the area served by the school the priority in allocating places will be;
a) Those with a brother or sister currently at the school.
Distance from the school.
Exceptional medical reasons can also be considered.
Children who can not be admitted to Cherry Tree Primary School will be offered places at the nearest
available school, taking account of parental preference and that school’s admission criteria
Refreshments and Snacks
In reception the class receives a variety of interesting and healthy snacks mid-morning each day.
In Key Stage One the children receive a piece of fruit each day. Other children can bring in their own snack.
We are a healthy school so it should be fruit, vegetables or protein. Sweets, crisps and biscuits are not
permitted and will be taken away and returned at the end of the day.
Water is freely accessible in the classrooms all day.
If your child would like to bring in a treat for their classmates on their birthday they should hand them to the
class teacher in the morning and then they can be given out at the end of the day for the children to take
home. Please do not send anything with nuts into school as we have some children with severe nut
Some children will need to receive medicine in school. The preferred arrangement is for parents/carers to
come in to school and administer the medicine themselves. If for some exceptional reason this is not
possible then the medicine must be provided in a clearly named container and a medicine form must be
completed stating the dose, the time and giving authority for a member of staff to give the medicine.
Some children will have conditions such as asthma or allergies and will need inhalers or antihistamine to be
kept in school. These medicines must also be clearly marked with the child’s name and have any
accompanying protocols. It is the responsibility of parents to regularly check that these medicines are not
out of date.
The school does not allow unauthorized drugs on the premises. Please see the school drugs and substance
Homework is set each week at an appropriate level for the child. The details are included in the class
teacher’s letter to parents at the beginning of each term. We do encourage parents to support their children
with their homework and any queries can be addressed to the class teacher.
Money Any money brought into school should be in a named container or envelope. The amount and what it
is for should be written down either in the home school diary or on the outside of the envelope.
Visits and trip charges. We often plan visits and trips to support the children’s learning. We ask parents and
carers to make a voluntary donation to enable these to take place. We always try to keep the costs to a
minimum but these activities have to be self funding and if not enough families contribute, the trips can not
go ahead. Please note that we would never prevent a child’s participation because of an inability to pay. If
you do experience financial difficulties please speak to the head teacher.
Website www.cherrytree.essex.sch.uk The school has an excellent website that is continually updated and
suggestions, ideas or comments about it are always welcomed from parents or pupils. Regular updates
include the newsletters, information about things that have happened in school or upcoming events.
We are always developing the website and any suggestions are warmly received.
Concerns: If you have a concern or question about your child, the first person to speak to is their class
teacher. They have the providing education, care and guidance for your child on a day to day level. The
school office will be able to arrange a time for you to see your child’s teacher. Headteacher Mr Constantine
is always happy to meet with parents and carers. If you feel an issue has been unresolved, it is possible to
write a formal letter of complaint to the school Governors who will investigate and then take any necessary
Safeguarding: Cherry Tree takes the safeguarding of children very seriously. All staff are CRB checked and
every effort is made to ensure the children are safe in school. Please note that if children make any
disclosures in school they are immediately referred to the children’s safeguarding service and following their
advice a referral to social care may be made. Mr Constantine is the designated child protection co-ordinator.
Equality We believe that we should do our best for every child irrespective of their ethnicity, gender or social
background. We respect others cultures and their beliefs. We do not tolerate bias, prejudice, stereotyping
and discrimination of any kind and tackle any incidence of this within our school appropriately.
Our school is organised to make the best use of space and adults for the children’s learning and development.
The day to day running of the school is carried out by the head teacher Mr Constantine and the leadership team.
There are regular staff meetings to discuss new ideas for the school. The governors have to ensure the school
is run properly and meeting the needs of the children and community. They meet several times a term, visit the
school to look at particular aspects of school life, attend training and help at functions in the school. Our
Governing Body is very involved and supportive of our school.
There is a school council that contributes to the decision making in the school. Each full time class has two
representatives, ideally a boy and a girl, to report their class’s views and concerns to a lead member of staff who
passes that information on to the head teacher. The school council sets a target for the school improvement
plan. The class views are obtained in class councils and in this way the children begin to get a feel for
democracy and how government works. We also have an Eco-team in school to help the school stay informed
about ‘green’ issues.
The number of children in each year group varies quite a lot and so the children are arranged into classes based
mainly on their age but other factors are taken into account such as - children who work well together, children’s
needs, ability and maturity.
We currently have 8 classes. 6 Mainstream classes and 2 enhanced provisions classes for children with speech,
language and communication needs within our Speech and Language Centre (SLC).
These are the class arrangements for 2013-2014
Speech & Language class
Miss Brennen & Ms Livingstone
There are also additional adults in school known as Learning Support Assistants and they work closely with the
class teacher to help all children make progress.
All teaching staff have time to plan and prepare for lessons. In order for this to happen the children in school
work half a day a week with a higher level LSA on work planned by their teacher. They also have the opportunity
for special experiences with other adults such as sports coaching, a gardening specialist works outdoors with the
children, an ICT expert takes a group of children for computer work and a range of other activities are organised
by our LSAs for small groups of children. The children really enjoy their learning in this way and the curriculum is
enriched through it.
The school is also supported by ‘The Friends of Cherry Tree School’. This is a parent/carer organisation which
is involved in the social life of the school and fund raising events. The money raised by the hard work of these
parents can make a real difference to the facilities the school has to offer. They often send messages through
the school newsletter so keep an eye open for them and of course they are always looking for new recruits. We
aim to hold an open Saturday event each half term, to allow parents and other members of the school
community to come into school and take part in informal, fun events. Past Saturdays have seen Macmillan tea
parties, Gardening days and reading workshops, to name but a few.
In order for the school to run effectively there is a small team of dedicated support staff working behind the
scenes. The school is inundated with paperwork and has two office staff to keep track of it all. Mrs Sawkins is the
school office manager and deals largely with the whole school finances, Mrs Booth is the administration
assistant and deals with issues such as attendance, school uniform, school lunches, and sending text messages
to parents. Our office staff are always willing to help you with any queries you may have or make appointments
for you to meet with the teachers.
The school has a fully operational kitchen and this is run by our catering manager Mrs Green and her assistant
Mrs Smith. The school is able to supply hot meals every day, prepared on the premises using fresh ingredients
from local suppliers. Meals must be paid for in advance. If families receive particular government benefits they
are entitled to free school meals and the forms to claim these are available from the office.
The site manger Mr Calender is in charge of the maintenance of the building and grounds, the cleaning and
health and safety. We employ a cleaning company to carry out cleaning in the school.
There are many other people who are in school on a regular basis; - Children’s gardener Mr Underhill, the road
crossing supervisor (lollipop person), the speech and language therapist, the school nurse, local church leaders,
family learning tutors, volunteer helpers and many more. The school is a thriving community and we hope you
will find opportunities to become involved in school life.
Supporting all children and all needs
“Every learner is entitled to a curriculum which is rich, varied, challenging and inspiring and which enables every
individual to fulfil his or her potential to the highest possible standard; so that all, for the benefit of all, are able to
create a better world.”
Speech, Language and Communication needs.
The school has an enhanced provision classes for children with speech, language and communication needs.
The centre serves the whole of north east Essex and many of the children come to school by taxi. The classes
are set up with one teacher, two learning support assistants and are visited for a day each week by speech and
language therapists. The therapists assess the children; devise a programme for them and our staff carry out the
programme over the following week until the therapist returns. The children spend their mornings receiving
intensive support in their speech and language class and then learn in their age appropriate class at other times.
Signing systems such as Makaton can help children to communicate until their speech is more proficient and
staff working within the speech and language provision are trained in this skill. All children are given
opportunities to develop signing skills in a fun way, such as in signing assembly and story telling.
Gifted and Talented children.
We believe that with the right support and opportunity, all children can shine. As a school we try and encourage
children in a wide range of areas of development. If a child is identified as being able in a particular field we will
do our utmost to challenge and extend that child. We currently offer a variety of experience days through the
local schools consortium. Each school (including Cherry Tree) hosts an event to extend children’s skills in a
specific area and a few children are invited from each school to attend.
This is not a purely academic part of the school, sometimes we have exceptionally talented artists or swimmers
or similar practical skills and we encourage these children as well.
Please let us know if your child has an exceptional ability.
Children with additional learning needs.
Work and tasks are planned and tailored to suit children’s abilities and styles of learning. We record any worries
we have about children’s progress as one of the following: - Teacher Concern, School Action or School Action
Plus. These forms are used to identify specific needs or areas that require more input. Children are regularly
and closely monitored. Additional specialised teaching support is given when necessary. We formulate and
implement appropriate educational programmes or interventions as promptly as possible and monitor their
effectiveness. Parents are actively encouraged to be involved in this process, thereby providing necessary and
valuable support for their children.
Where a child has received a Statement of Special Educational Needs the school follows the recommendations
of the statement with the identified methods and staff. Parents often initiate this process and are actively
The school’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) monitors progress that children make and
advises on interventions which may help children.
At Cherry Tree we aim to ensure that everyone connected with the school is given an equal opportunity to
benefit from the school and all that it has to offer. Those who have special needs are given extra support in order
that their opportunity to fulfil their potential is equal to that of others. We endeavour to foster an attitude of care
and respect throughout the school, so that we all value each other and give each person an equal opportunity to
succeed. The school has an accessibility plan to optimise children’s physical access and curriculum access in
the school and it reviews the delivery of information to all parents on a regular basis.
We like our children to be in school uniform and as such our uniform is designed to be practical and smart. We
ask parents to support us in this so that all children feel part of the same community.
School wear is available from www.tesco.com/ues
Children are out in all weathers. Please ensure they have their coats with them.
Shoulder length hair or longer must be tied up at all times during the school day. This is a health and safety
matter and of course helps to reduce the spread of head lice.
This is our Uniform
Grey/black trousers and knee length skirts. (Girls may choose to wear trousers)
White shirts or white/red plain polo shirts
Cardigans, fleeces or sweatshirts in red (available from Tesco)
Sensible shoes in black or brown – plain grey/red/black tights or plain white/grey/black socks
Grey/black trousers, knee length skirts or knee length shorts
(not sports socks).
White shirts or plain white/red polo shirts
Sensible shoes in black, brown or white
Girls - red and white check or stripe dresses in a simple style. Plain red/white socks
Please,make sure all clothing is properly named (All the clothes look the same!). We can not take responsibility
for your children’s clothing. A lost property container is kept in the entrance hall. Please check there for
unnamed lost clothing.
Physical Education (P.E.)
Every child must have a change of clothing for physical education. They get very hot and sweaty and need to
keep their uniform fresh. PE kit should generally be kept in school and taken home every half-term for washing.
Round neck white t-shirt
Navy or black track suit for outdoor activities
Plain trainers (optional)
No items of jewellery should be worn to school. They are a hazard to the children wearing them and other
children in the hustle and bustle of school life. If pierced earrings are worn they must be studs and the child
should be able to take them out themselves for PE as staff are not officially allowed to remove them. (If ears
have been pierced in the previous six weeks please provide micro-pore tape to cover them)
At Cherry Tree we believe;
All children, unconditionally, have the right to make the best progress they can over time and to attain the highest
standards that they are capable of.
The pupil premium funding is intended to give children who qualify equality of access to these opportunities to be
Children who qualify for pupil premium:
Children who receive free school meals (FSM)
Children who are looked after (LAC)
Children whose parent(s) are currently serving in HM forces
The way this money is allocated is based on two main priorities;
a) Supporting individuals and groups of children who attract PP funding
where their progress is not in line with national expectations
b) supporting individuals and groups of children who attract PP
funding where their attainment is not at national expectations
National expectation of progress is:
Key Stage 1
1 National Curriculum Level (or equivalent) from Foundation Stage to end of Year 1
1 National Curriculum Level (or 6 pts) from end of Year 1 to end of Year 2
Key Stage 2
2 National Curriculum Levels(or equivalent) from end of Year 2 to end of Year 6 (12 points)
2/3 National Curriculum level per year in Key Stage 2.
Children who are identified at risk of not making expected progress or
achieving national expectation in terms of attainment are identified and closely
tracked. Specific, monitored intervention is put in place to meet the variety of
needs both academic, social and emotional to help close this gap
Total grant: £55,000(estimated)
This financial year, money is allocated and being spent as follows;
Total grant £34,650
Employment of an additional class teacher in order to ensure small class sizes in key year groups. (ie
where there was a high proportion of children from vulnerable groups.)
Providing targeted one-to one tuition focusing on literacy and numeracy
FSM-Free School Meals
* Satisfactory progress is 24 points
Good progress is 28 points
Exceptional progress is 32 points.