Statutory Information

SEND School Offer

We are a fully inclusive school and it is our belief that all children have an equal right to a broad and balanced curriculum. We strive to ensure that all children make progress academically and in their personal, social and emotional development.

‘A pupil has SEN where their learning difficulty or disability calls for special educational provision, namely provision different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age’. SEND Code of Practice January 2015

Our SEND Policy contains technical information and details of how we identify and nurture children with SEND: SEND Policy

Our Information Report sets out how we use our SEND Policy. It details how help and support for pupils with SEND works in our school: SEND Information Report

Our Accessibility Policy sets out our plan to make our school as accessible as possible to all groups: Accessibility Plan Park Street

Hertfordshire’s Quality SEND Offer

Useful Websites:

The Hertfordshire Local Offer –  Explains services available for families of children with SEND in the country.

DSPL7 – Park Street School is part of the DSPL 7 group. This is the Hertfordshire local area group for SEN and provides a range of services to children in the St Albans area.

School Nursing Service – The school nursing service supports families at home and children in school with a range of common issues, including bed wetting, anxiety, sleep problems, diet and exercise. They can also support with general concerns about your child’s wellbeing, health or development. Parents can self-refer using the online form or school can support with this. Please contact the SENCO for more information or visit the website.

Websites about SEND:

General Information for Family Support – The Families First Portal

Organisations that provide suppport for children’s Mental Health and Advice about Parenting:

  • Nessie
  • Vista St Albans Plus
  • Families Feeling Safe – an organisation that provides Protective Behaviour training for parents and schools. “Protective Behaviour provides a strong framework for personal safety, self-esteem, resilience and confidence building.”

Useful phone numbers:

  • Children and Young People’s Speech and Language Therapy Advice Line: 01992 823093
  • If your child is already known to the Speech and Language Service ring: 01992 823193
  • Support sessions for parents of children with a diagnosis of Autism ring Vista St Albans CIC: 07584798528 to book a 30-minute appointment with an Autistic Advisory Teacher

Please note that Park Street C of E School is not responsible for the content of external websites, but provides these links as we think they may be useful for our families.

Curriculum

Handwriting, Phonics and Reading

Handwriting: During school, children are exposed to a range of different handwriting styles. However, the children are taught the cursive approach from the Early Years Stage. This starts with developing motor skills and learning basic letter formations, before progressing to pre-cursive writing in Year 1 and developing full, joined cursive thereafter. We believe this raises standards in handwriting throughout the whole school, developing confidence, accuracy, fluency, writing stamina and presentation. As a school, we use Kath Balcombe’s handwriting scheme and approach to help increase the frequency of handwriting practice. Please look at the Handwriting Policy for further information, techniques that could be practised at home and the rationale behind this particular handwriting approach.

Phonics: Phonics is taught on a daily basis in both Early Years and KS1. Our team work closely together, using a range of different resources and schemes to ensure our teaching is varied, interactive and of a high standard. Two of the schemes we are currently working closely with are: Letters and Sounds by the Primary National Strategy and the new Supersonic Phonics recommended by the Hertfordshire Learning Team. These schemes help enable our staff have an active approach to phonics.

Reading: We use a range of reading publishers schemes, all graded to different levels of difficulty. This is done to ensure the children have the exposure and opportunity to read a variety of different genres and writing styles. We hope to add to this collection throughout the year. Every teacher endeavours to use and teach from quality texts. This gives children the experience of reading great writing, sparks their imagination and aids their own writing.

If you require any more information please see your Class Teacher or the English Subject Leader: Mrs Tominey

PE & Sports

Sainsbury’s Gold Kitemark 

What is the Sainsbury’s School Games Kitemark and how do schools apply for it?
The school games kitemark was launched in June 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development and participation of school sport and competition. Schools in England are able to assess their PE and sport provision against set criteria and are awarded either bronze, silver or gold status.

Park Street has been awarded a Sainsbury’s Gold Kitemark for the Year 2016/17, 2017/18 and again for 2018/19. In light of the School Games Mark not being awarded for the 2019/2020 academic year, the Youth Sport Trust have produced two certificates. The first award recognises our continuing commitment to the School Games programme and all the events and for demonstrating the values of the School Games during the first two terms of this academic year. The second award is official recognition for engaging with virtual challenges and sporting activities during the last term of 2019/2020.

To find out about the latest sporting activities and events please look at the PE section of our website and click on this link,  www.yourschoolgames.com

RE and Collective Worship

 

Inspection Reports

  • Click here to see our most recent Ofsted Report
  • Click here to see our most recent SIAMS  Report

SATs and Assessment

Prospectus