Prospectus

Prospectus Information

Thank you for visiting our website. It is designed to provide all the information you will need about our school in an easy to access way. 

If you are unable to locate the information you are seeking, please do not hesitate to contact the school office either by phone—01765 603911 or by email—admin@holytrinity-inf.n-yorks.sch.uk and we will be happy to direct you. 

A brief history of our school

Holy Trinity Church of England School was dedicated in 1836. It is situated on the western side of the cathedral city of Ripon and within walking distance of the centre. The school consists of a large nursery classroom with its own cloakroom and outdoor space. There are two reception classes with their own cloakroom area and the play cabin which is an outdoor classroom for outdoor learning. There are three further classrooms with cloakroom facilities in the main building and two classrooms in their own block with a playground at the top of the school.

There is a hall in the main school building which is used for collective worship, PE and dining.

We have access to a grassed area for quiet activities and some sport at the back of the school. The Junior School also allows us to use their large field for sport eg Sports day.

We work in partnership with Holy Trinity CE Junior School, which occupies the original building nearby and from which children transfer at the age of seven. There is a robust transition programme when children transfer. 

Visiting Our School

Parents are very welcome in school. We actively encourage parent helpers and value their support on school trips. Teachers are happy to speak to parents and are usually available before and after school. Please, be aware, however, that they teach full-time and that sometimes they have meetings after school. Mrs Wheildon, Headteacher or Mrs Livesey, Home School Link Worker, can be found in the playground each day. 

The headteacher is happy to see parents during the day but it is helpful if you can make an appointment in advance. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you are concerned about any aspect of your child’s education. 

Following changes to legislation in January 2016 there is no longer a requirement for schools to publish home / school agreements. We value our relationship with parents and the community and as such we endeavour  to build positive relationships between home and school, with the children's outcomes central to this.     

Absences

Parents are reminded that they have a legal responsibility for ensuring that their children attend school full time. Any absence, whether for illness or other reasons, should be explained in writing or by telephone to the school office. With childrens' safety in mind, any unexplained absences are followed up on the first day. 

Medicines

Ideally, medicines should be administered by parents at home. However, where prescription medicines need to be administered during school hours, parents should complete a medication form available from the school office or the ‘Forms’ page of our website. Medicines should be clearly labelled by the pharmacist, with the child’s name and the dosage required.  Only qualified first-aiders will administer medication, though it is pointed out that it does not form part of their contract and they do not take any medical responsibility.

The school maintains an asthma register. Every classroom has a recognised place where children may store their inhalers. 

First Aid

Most members of support staff are trained in first aid and will deal with accidents as far as they are permitted. Parents will be contacted should more serious incidents occur or if a child is unwell. 

Travel to school

A bus service operates each morning and afternoon between Clotherholme Road and Church Lane. This is run independently of the school and is a service bus for which there is a charge.

Trinity Lane can become extremely congested with traffic. Wherever possible, parents should bring children to school on foot. Please respect the parking restrictions on the roads around school and keep the bus bay outside the Junior School clear. The school car park can be accessed only by parents of pupils who have a disability or where special circumstances apply. Please contact the school for more information. 

Friends’ Association

All parents automatically become members of the Friends’ Association,  who meet regularly to organise events. Some events are mainly social but many raise funds towards specific projects or items for the school. Information regarding meetings can be obtained from the school office. All parents are always welcome. 

Charities

The school supports a number of charities throughout the year and both children and parents are generous in their support. We try to spread this out across the year and include some of the national events such as comic relief. We always give at least two weeks notice of events where children are required to dress up and we also send reminders by text.  

Uniform

School uniform is of considerable benefit in helping to maintain the general standards and positive image of the school. We ask, therefore, that all parents support the policy and encourage their children to wear the correct school uniform.

The uniform is as follows:

Red sweatshirt or cardigan with white or red collared polo shirt; dark grey/black skirt, pinafore, trousers or shorts; white/grey socks or red/grey tights; black traditional shoes.

In warm weather red and white checked summer dresses may be worn.

All uniform can be purchased from

Ripon Uniform Shop (tel. 01765 692233) who stock sweatshirts, cardigans and polo shirts with the school name on, though plain red tops are fine. Children should not wear tops with writing on, other than the school logo.

Shoes can be laced, buckled or velcro-fastened but should only have a small heel. 

For PE children should have red or black shorts, a plain white T-shirt and black plimsolls. 

PE kit is best stored in a draw-string PE bag. 

Clothing MUST be clearly named as this will enable us to return lost property to its owner. 

Jewellery

It is school policy that children should not wear any jewellery in school, with the exception of watches and ear studs. For safety reasons, children should not wear rings, bracelets, necklaces or hooped earrings. Children with pierced ears are permitted to wear one small stud in each ear, though these must be covered up for any physical activity. Parents considering allowing children to have their ears pierced should ensure this is done at the start of the summer holiday to allow time for healing. Make-up and nail varnish are not permitted. 

Property

The school encourages children to look after their own and other people’s property. Articles of clothing MUST be clearly and permanently named, including footwear.

The school keeps all lost property and both pupils and parents can look through on request.

Children should not bring any toys or games into school unless specifically requested, as items could be lost or damaged and are often a distraction.  Similarly, items of any personal or financial value should be left at home. Pupils are not permitted to bring mobile phones to school. 

Behaviour, Rewards, Sanctions

We believe that children grow in confidence when they receive praise and recognition for their efforts and achievements. We also believe that children should support and encourage each other. Our rewards system aims to fulfil these objectives.

The school recognises and rewards good behaviour as it believes that this will develop an ethos of kindness and co-operation. We praise and reward in a variety of ways, including:

  • Congratulating children
  • Rewarding with stickers, pom-poms for the Marvellous Minibeast House-Point Scheme
  • Celebration assembly (children from each class recognised and celebrated for excellent achievement or exemplary behaviour)
  • Regular communication with parents about incidents of good behaviour
  • Electronic ‘note’ on Integris to Headteacher (recognising good / exemplary behaviour).
  • Individual, class-based strategies for rewarding good behaviour
  • Golden Time on a Friday afternoon for good behaviour.

Behaviour

We expect high standards of behaviour and self discipline from children both in school and on educational visits. We also expect children to show respect for others and to be aware that the school is a community with an accepted code of conduct. Where children fall short of our standards they are encouraged to examine their own behaviour and to apologise. When behaviour falls below our expectations the sanction stages are referred to.

More serious or repeated incidents are passed to senior members of staff. If a child’s behaviour gives cause for  concern, parents will be contacted and involved. In extreme cases the school has a policy for exclusion and such cases will be referred to the governing body in accordance with Local Authority guidelines. 

Pastoral Care

We aim to provide an environment in which children feel safe, valued and happy and in which they can thrive.

Care of individual children rests in the first instance with class teachers who should be approached by parents if there is concern over work or relationships. The Headteacher is also happy to see parents if they have particular worries or if there have been changes in home circumstances.

The school has policies for dealing with incidents of bullying or racism, and actively discourages all forms of verbal or physical harassment. If you feel that your child is being bullied or is worried about coming to school, please contact us immediately so that we can take action. 

Mrs Kyne, our SENCO is available in person, by phone and email - please see SENCO on the contact page of the website or Click Here 

Complaints Procedure

We believe that most issues can be resolved informally through discussion with class teachers or the Headteacher.

However, the school does have a formal procedure for complaints about the curriculum and also for more general issues. This may involve the governors or the local education authority in certain instances. A copy of the complaints procedure is available via the Policies page of the school website.