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ST MADOES PRIMARY SCHOOL

School Handbook
Academic Session 2011/2012

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School information
The school handbook is legally required to contain some information and this is
marked below with an asterisk*. Those areas which are not marked are Perth &
Kinross Council recommendations only.

1. Introduction*
2. Delineated Area*
3. Factual Information*
4. School Aims
5. Visits
6. Organisation of School Day*
7. Uniform/Clothing*
8. Curriculum
a) Curriculum for Excellence
b) Language
c) Maths
d) Environmental Studies
e) Expressive Arts
f) Religious/Moral Education*
g) Homework*
h) Pupils with Additional Support Needs*
i) Assessment*
j) Reporting
9. Extra Curricular Activities
10. Positive Behaviour Management*
11. School Rules*
12. Attendance*
13. Health Care*
14. Instrumental Tuition*
15. Parent Councils*
16. School & Community Links*
17. Name of Child Protection Officer
18. Additional Support Needs*
19. Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Values*
a) Development of Pupils’ Values
b) Parental Rights
c) Religious Observance
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20. Attendance Rates – Authorised & Unauthorised absence*
21. School Costs*
22. Nursery
23. Arrangements for Emergency Closures
24. Other information

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1 Introduction

In accordance with the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 and the Educations (School
and Placing Information) (Scotland) Regulations 1982, Perth & Kinross Council
Education & Children’s Services’ schools produce handbooks covering the following
three categories of information:

1 School Information
2 Local Authority Information
3 Statistical Information

Whilst the information contained in this school handbook was accurate at the time of
publication (December 2010), further changes may have occurred since then.

At St Madoes School we recognise that every child is a unique individual with a


range of abilities and needs. We will endeavour to recognise and fulfil these needs
and help all children to recognise their full potential. We try to foster in each pupil a
sense of responsibility for themselves, for others and for their immediate environment
and the world around them.

We also recognise the importance of a good working relationship between school


and home and will seek to work closely with you throughout your child's school
career.

This Handbook is issued when your child enters the school. You will not receive
another copy. It is updated every January and can be accessed electronically on the
Perth & Kinross Council website.

The School

There has been a school in Glencarse/St Madoes for several hundred years. Our log
books date back to 1873. The present school was opened in 1974 with an extension
added in 2003. The present school has 6 classes two Learning Resource Areas and
an integral Nursery Class. We also have particularly well resourced school
playground which is an excellent area for outdoor learning.

2 Delineated Area

The school consists of the Parish of St Madoes and Glencarse and the catchment
extends from Kinfauns to Glendoick, which includes the hamlets of Inchchyra,
Tofthill, Cottown and Leetown.

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3 Factual Information

St Madoes Primary School


Sidlaw Terrace
St Madoes
Perthshire PH2 7NH Telephone 01738 860332
E-mail : headteacher@st-madoes.pkc.sch.uk

Fax: 01738 860644


School Website www.st-madoes.pkc.sch.uk

PRESENT ROLL P1 – P7: 130 PUPILS


Nursery: am class 20 children
pm class 20 children

PRESENT STAFF
Headteacher Mrs Jane Sheldon
Principal teacher Mrs I Lyle

Nursery Teacher Mrs A Clifford


Early Childhood Practitioner Mrs N Coulter
Early Childhood Practitioner Mrs F Dawson
Primary 1/2 Mrs S McKenna
Primary 2/3 Miss G Williamson (Probationer)
Primary 3/4 Mrs L Imlay
Primary 4/5 Miss C Smyth (Probationer)
Primary 5/6 Mrs P Harris
Primary 6/7 Miss J Green
Reduced Class Contact Teacher)
Principal Teacher Support ) Mr S Crook
Probationer Support )
Class Room Assistant Mrs S Keay
Support For Learning Assistants Mrs I Wann
Mrs A Grant
SPECIALIST TEACHERS

P.E. Mr S Crook
Art Mr S Willing
Music Miss D Salem
Additional Support Needs Teacher Mrs L Martin

CLERICAL STAFF
School Secretary Mrs L Taylor
School Assistant Mrs H Norrie

KITCHEN STAFF
Cook Mrs M MacRae
Kitchen Assistant Mrs D Birchall

CLEANERS Tayside Contracts

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4 School Aims

St Madoes Primary School aims to work in partnership with families and the
community for the benefit of our pupil’s education.
Our Aims and Values are to:-

• Provide a range of active learning and teaching approaches which will


challenge all pupils and encourage them to become motivated. We will help
pupils to become Confident Individuals, Responsible Citizens, Effective
Contributors and Successful Learners.

• Provide a curriculum which is fun, motivating and meets the needs of all
pupils. It ensures ambition, depth, balance, breadth, continuity and
progression. It will provide opportunities to be enterprising, problem solving
and independent.

• Provide an ongoing commitment to raising achievement and attainment and


provide quality opportunities in all aspects of school life to achieve full
potential.

• Foster mutual respect between pupils, staff and wider school community.
Provide effective supports to meet emotional, physical and mental well being
of all. Aim to encourage healthy and active lifestyles and resilience
throughout whole school community.

• Provide a positive, respectful, secure, and welcoming ethos which


encourages a high level of pupil and staff enthusiasm. Foster good
communication and effective working partnerships throughout school
community. Appreciate parents/carers as partners in the children’s learning.

• Offer safe, fair, friendly and stimulating environment through provision of


appropriate, accommodation, good staff, quality resources effective ongoing
training.

• Encourage reflective practice in both staff and pupils, and promote ongoing
self-evaluation through the process of effective management and
consultation.

Revised March 2010

5 Visits for prospective parents/registration

Parents who are considering registering their child/ren at St Madoes are welcome to
contact us to arrange a visit. Registration forms can be collected from the school and
should be returned to the office. The child's Birth Certificate and proof of home
address is also required.

New Nursery class and Primary 1 entrants for August will have a morning arranged
for them to spend time with their teacher in June. Parents are also invited to a
meeting with the Head Teacher to discuss their child's start at school.

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6 Organisation of School Day

Primary 1 – Primary 7 9.15am – 3.15pm


Interval 10.30am – 10.45am
Lunch Break 12.30pm – 1.15pm

Nursery Class am class 9.20 am – 11.50pm


pm class 12.40 pm – 3.10 pm

Lunches

Lunches are cooked on the premises and are of a very high nutritional standard.
There are two sittings for lunch, the younger children going in before the older pupils.
Pupils may bring a packed lunch, they eat it in the hall or if in P6 or P7, outside in
good weather. Those staying at school for lunch must stay on the premises under our
supervision. The playground is supervised at morning and lunch break by the school
auxiliaries and Classroom Assistant.
If the weather is wet, children are kept indoors. P7s monitor each class and the
supervisors and Head Teacher patrol the school. Please do not send your child to
school before 9am as the playground is not supervised before morning bell. On wet
days we ask you not to send your child before 9.10 am

7 Uniform/Clothing

It is school policy to encourage every pupil to wear school uniform.

BOYS GIRLS
Grey trousers/shorts Grey Skirt or Pinafore or Trousers
White shirt or white polo shirt White blouse or polo shirt
Red jumper/sweatshirt Red cardigan/jumper/sweatshirt
School Tie School Tie
Red/white dresses in Summer
Grey/red tights/ white socks
Sensible indoor and outdoor shoes are required (no raised heels for girls) shoes are
changed on entry to the school.
School sweatshirts, fleeces and rainproof jackets can be ordered from the school
office. A PE kit of plain shorts and t shirt is required along with gym shoes or trainers.
Tracksuits and outdoor trainers are also required as often PE takes play outside

Jewellery
The wearing of jewellery is discouraged for safety reasons, it is not part of school
uniform and should not be worn in school. Earrings must be removed or studs taped
over during PE.
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8 Curriculum

Curriculum for Excellence

As we prepare our children for the future in our fast changing world, and equip them
for jobs which may not yet exist, Curriculum for Excellence has been introduced, in
all schools across Scotland, for all learners aged 3-18. In Perth & Kinross we have
built on our Setting the Standard documents and the Improving Learning series by
producing Creating a Curriculum for Excellence – which incorporates a four-part
guide outlining the role played by the 3-18 Curriculum Framework, Effective Learning

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and Teaching, Enterprise and Vocational Education and Assessment for Learning in
creating Curriculum for Excellence in our schools.

Under Curriculum for Excellence every child is entitled to a broad general education
with opportunity to acquire depth of knowledge in some areas and to develop Skills
for learning, skills for life and skills for work. The learning experiences we deliver will
offer learners the opportunity for personalisation and choice. Learning activities will
be structured to ensure children work at a pace they can cope with and with the
challenge they will thrive on. Plans and tasks will link knowledge in one curriculum
area to that in another, helping children to understand the world and to make
connections. Children will think for themselves, make sound judgements, challenge
opinions, enquire and find solutions.

Curriculum for Excellence empowers our teachers to make professional judgments


about what and how they teach. It encourages creative approaches and promotes
cooperative strategies as we seek to engage, motivate and inspire our learners.

Progress in learning will continue to be assessed in rigorous ways throughout a


young person’s time at school. There will be new qualifications for Literacy and
Numeracy from 2012-13 and new National 4 and 5 qualifications from 2013-14. Our
Scottish Access, Higher and Advanced Higher courses will be updated to take
account of and support these new approaches to learning and teaching.

All staff have a responsibility to develop, reinforce and extend learning in Literacy,
Numeracy and Health and wellbeing for all our learners. We continue to offer
personal support to help young people fulfill their potential and make the most of the
opportunities we offer. Ultimately Curriculum for Excellence aims to improve the life
chances of all our children and young people, to nurture them as successful learners,
confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.

Language

Language consists of Listening & Talking, Reading and Writing and is at the heart of
children’s learning. It is through language that they acquire much of their knowledge
and many of their skills. Through planned and progressive use of a wide variety of
spoken and written texts, including stories, plays, poems, films, non-fiction and
reference materials, pupils are introduced to a variety of language and taught how to
respond to its different forms and purposes with discrimination and growing critical
awareness

Modern Languages in the Primary School - French

Pupils in P6 and P7 will have one hour of French per week taught by a teacher who
is trained to teach a modern foreign language. Most years we are also able to
introduce P5 to French as well for approximately 30 mins a week.

Maths

Mathematics also plays an important part in learning. There are four main aspects:

• Problem solving and enquiry challenges pupils to think about what they are
doing, to question and to explain
• Information handling involves children in gathering information and learning
where to find it. Then they have to organise it, display in diagrams, tables or
graphs and understand their findings so that they can make use of them
• Number, Money and Measurement includes basic number and measurement of
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weight, length and volume as well as dealing with percentages, fractions, ratios
and equations. Work is also done on patterns and sequences of numbers
• Shape, Position and Movement includes different shapes and learning to draw
them to scale in two and three dimensions. Drawing shapes to scale can involve
estimating and measuring angles and distances. Pupils also have experience of
symmetry.

Several different text books are used as well as materials sourced from the internet

Social Studies

This is made up of Social Subjects consisting of : People, Past events and Societies,
People, Place and Environments, People in Society, Economy and Business. and.
Pupils study three areas of Social Subjects through a topic which links with other
areas of the curriculum

Technologies

The study of technologies enables children to understand the role and impact of
technologies in changing and influencing societies. They study the skills of using a
variety of ICT

Expressive Arts

Drama, Art, Dance and Music are taught once a week by the class teachers or a
visiting specialist.

Religious and Moral Education

Religious and Moral Education (RME) aims to help pupils learn about Christianity and
other World Religions and to recognise religion as an important expression of human
values, beliefs and reflections

Health & Wellbeing and PE

Pupils will learn about:


Mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing
Planning for choices and change
Food and Health
Substance Misuse
Relationships, sexual health and parenthood

Physical Education is also included in this area of the curriculum

Sciences

This area involves learning about Planet Earth, Forces, Electricity and Waves,
Biological Systems, Materials and Topical Science.

Homework

Homework is given to all classes from P1 – P7. The updated Homework Policy is
published on our website. Pupils and parents receive homework guidelines each
learning block. Homework is an important link between home and school and is a
chance to support your child with their learning.
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Pupils with Additional Support Needs

Children with additional support needs are catered for in the school within the terms
of Perth and Kinross Council Education and Children’s Services Policy on Support for
Learning. This policy sets out the procedure by which an individual child’s needs are
identified and addressed, the central element of the process being a case conference
involving parents, child, school and Education Department staff and, where
appropriate, other specialist agencies.

Assessment

Assessment is an integral part of the learning and teaching process. Assessment of


progress is continuous. The performance of each child is assessed by observing
his/her ability to apply skills, by discussion with the child, by noting quality of
achievement and, when appropriate, by the setting of tests.
This enables teachers to match pupils to appropriate work, to plan the next stage of
work and to diagnose individual difficulties.

Much assessment is now done through Formative Assessment which gives feedback
in a less formal way as children are taking part in learning. We are working towards
more formal assessment for the new Curriculum for Excellence Early, First and
Second levels over this year.

Each child has a Pupil Assessment Folio in which samples of work are kept.

Reporting

The results of assessments are shared with both parents and pupils. There are two
Parent Contact evenings in November and March and then a written Pupil Report in
May/June. At any other time if a parent wishes to discuss progress, they can get in
touch with the school.

9 Extra Curricular Activities

The school staff provide several types of After school clubs for 6 x 1 hour sessions.
These vary according to the interests of children and skills of the staff. This year we
offer: Country Dancing, Gardening, Chess, Eco Club, Sewing, Street Dance, Fitness,
Netball and Football.

10 Positive Behaviour Management

For children to obtain full benefit from their time in school, certain standards of
behaviour must be observed. The children are made aware of these and have the
opportunity to discuss and contribute to the making up of school rules. Great
emphasis is placed on self-discipline, working and playing amicably together, caring
for others and accepting responsibility. The school implements a variety of positive
behaviour management strategies to encourage and reward good behaviour and
effort. We operate a coloured system of behaviour management. Details of this are
on out website.
Maintaining good discipline very much relies on the support of parents and should
any problems arise, parents will be involved at an early stage so that

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11 School Rules

We have positive school rules:

1. We do as we are asked the first time.


2. We are polite, kind, respectful and friendly to everyone.
3. We stay in the playground.
4. We take care of our school and everything in it.
5. We behave in a safe way inside and out of school.

The children regularly discuss the school rules to enable them to build up a true
understanding of their meaning and why we have them.
The school rules are supported by a set of positive classroom rules.
Each classroom operates a coloured card system where positive individual
efforts by children in that class, are rewarded
All rules are reinforced by a set of rewards and consequences. (More information is
available in our Positive Behaviour Policy)

12 Attendance

Regular attendance and punctuality are important factors in a child’s level of


achievement. Parents have a legal responsibility to ensure that their children attend
school regularly. All children are required to bring a written absence note on their
return to school, even if the school has been notified by phone of the illness.
If your child is to be absent, please phone the school on the morning of the absence,
as we operate an alert system to let parents know if a child has not appeared for
school when absence has not been reported. Persistent absences will be reported to
the Education Support Services who will follow them up.

We would strongly discourage parents from taking children out of school for
holidays during term time. This can lead to omissions and disturbance in the
routine of the child and the class. Any holiday absence during term time will be noted
as an unauthorised absence in the child’s records. Our policy is not to issue
homework to be done during holiday or illness, but rather to give it on the return to
school. Extra teaching time cannot be allocated to a child who has missed schooling
because of holiday absence.

13 Health Care

Routine inspections are made at intervals by the School Medical Officer. Parents are
invited to be present at these inspections. Routine sight and hearing tests are also
carried out. The School Dental Officer visits regularly and all pupils are inspected.
Parents wishing to be present at these examinations should make a written request
when the child starts school. The consent of parents is obtained before any treatment
is carried out. The Health Visitor may also visit the school.

In the case of serious injury, or when parents cannot be contacted, the child may be
taken directly to hospital and the parents informed as soon as possible.

Parents should ensure that the school is informed of any specific medical conditions
their child may have or medication they may require. This information should be put
in writing and sent to the school where it will be treated in strict confidence.

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The parent/guardian should complete a request form, available from the school office
if any medicine is to be administered in school.
A basic first aid kit is kept in the school and Mrs. Keay (classroom assistant) is our
recognised trained First Aider.

14 Instrumental Tuition

The procedures for the administration of school-based instrumental instruction have


recently been reviewed and the following procedures will now operate. In school we
offer limited places for strings (violin and viola).

Pupils wishing to take advantage of school-based instrumental instruction or Central


Groups provision can obtain application forms IT1, IT2 and IT3 from the school office
or the Education Department at Blackfriars. The form should be completed by
parents and returned to the Finance Section, Education and Children’s Services,
Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth. PH1 5GD

Applicants are tested for suitability towards learning an instrument. Only a certain
number of children will get the chance to commence tuition immediately but the
remainder are put on waiting lists.

15 Parent Councils

The school has selected a Parent Council to represent the views of the Parent Forum
(all parents in the school) This is an active committee which has set us some sub
groups according to parental demand. The Parent Council works closely with the
Head Teacher and school staff. It has a constitution which requires it meet for a
minimum of 4 times a year. It has a fundraising sub committee which raises money to
purchase resources to enhance the pupils’ educational and social development. It
also aims to provide good community links

The office bearers are


Chairperson: Mrs Sharon Connolly
Secretary Mrs Simpson
Treasurer Mrs J Forbes

16 School & Community Links

The school enjoys good links with parents and the local community.

The children make use of the local environment as part of their Social Studies
programme. Members of the local community are invited to support school events
such as the Christmas concert and the Summer Fair and we are happy to welcome
parents and other interested adults into the school to enhance the children’s
education.
We believe it is vital that school and parents work closely together to ensure that the
children achieve to the best of their abilities.

17 Name of Child Protection Officer

Mrs. J Sheldon, Head teacher, is the Child Protection Officer responsible for Child
Protection matters. Should you wish to discuss any child protection issues, please
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feel free to contact the school.

As a school we have good contacts with the School Medical Officers, Social Workers
and police, any or all of whom may become involved if abuse is suspected.
We will always ensure that you are informed and participate in any action which we
may initiate regarding your child.

18 Additional Support Needs

Within Perth & Kinross a range of provision exists for pupils with additional support
needs. A policy of supported mainstream inclusion is complemented by a range of
specialist provisions. These are either attached to, or are part of mainstream
schools. In addition, there is an all-through specialist provision (3-18 years) for
children with profound and complex difficulties.

Where a child has been identified as having additional support needs which cannot
be met within the Authority, consideration may be given to placement in a special
school (either within or outwith Perth & Kinross) for which a successful placing
request has been made.

19 Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Values

The development of Pupils’ Values


In our school we are committed both through the ethos and the curriculum to provide
appropriate opportunities for the development of pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural
values. This will be undertaken in partnership with parents and will take account of
the individual needs of pupils and the views of parents.

The school welcomes and encourages diversity and individuality while emphasising
our common commitment to moral values such as honesty, respect for others,
compassion and justice. We believe that everyone involved in the school has the
right to be respected and, in return, must try to act in a considerate and respectful
manner towards others.

The school implements the Local Authority’s policy for Equal Opportunities and
ensures that all pupils have access to the full range of educational experiences
available within the resources of the school. We are firmly committed to the
elimination of any form of discrimination on the grounds of race, religion, gender or
disability.

Parental Rights
Under the terms of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 “ any pupil may be withdrawn
by his/her parents from any instruction in religious subjects and from religious
observance.”
Any parent who wishes to exercise this right must first discuss the matter with the
Head Teacher.

Religious Observance
The school holds fortnightly assemblies. This provides an opportunity for pupils to
share together and celebrate as a school community those things which we value.
They also give opportunities for our pupils to reflect on spiritual and moral concerns.
Through this, pupils can increase their understanding of religious practices.
Each class takes a turn of leading the assembly and the local minister, Mr. Marc
Bircham, from St. Madoes and Kinfauns Church has been invited to join us on a
regular basis. Often guest speakers from charities or other worthy organisations are
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invited to our Assemblies

20 School costs and Attendance Rates – Authorised and unauthorised


absence

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS 2010


PRIMARY SCHOOLS

Education Authority: Perth & Kinross

Attendance And Absence For School Year 2009/2010


Stage
P1 P2 P3 P4 P5 P6 P7 P1-7
Total 497,285 521,800 502,116 527,946 548,361 538,520 523,395 3,659,423
Number of
Possible
Attendance
s(Pupil Half
Days)
Percentage 3.5 3.2 3.2 2.9 3.1 3.4 3.5 3.2
Authorised
Absences
Percentage 1 1.2 1 1.1 1 1.1 1 1.1
Unauthoris
ed
Absences

Key to symbols:
Asterisks (**) have been inserted instead of figures for some schools and categories:
• Counts and percentages based on data for more than 0 but fewer than 5 pupils,
because they could be misleading or lead to the identification of individuals.
• In other cases, it is not possible for the school to have any data for the category, for
example, cases where the relevant year group roll figure is zero.
The symbol (##) indicates that the school has recently opened or merged with another school
and this information is not available.

Minimising Overall Absence


Absence recorded Absence recorded
(2008/2009) (2009/2010)
Average number of Average number of
half days absence half days absence
per pupil per pupil
Absence 16.2 16.4

Where schools have 9 openings per week, please note that all local authority and national
figures are based on 10 openings per week, and so are not directly comparable.

Key to symbols: The symbol (##) indicates that the data are not available or comparable with
other years.

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National Data

Attendance And Absence For School Year 2009/2010


Stage
P1 P2 P3 P4 P5 P6 P7 P1-7
Total 19,136, 19,091,22 18,545,41 18,823,23 19,175,55 19,573,62 20,175,46 134,520,7
Number of 227 2 1 1 4 2 7 34
Possible
Attendance
(Pupil Half
Days)
Percentage 4.3 4.1 3.9 3.8 3.9 4 3.9 4
Authorised
Absences
Percentage 1.1 1.2 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1
Unauthoris
ed
Absences

Key to symbols:
Asterisks (**) have been inserted instead of figures for some schools and categories:
• Counts and percentages based on data for more than 0 but fewer than 5 pupils,
because they could be misleading or lead to the identification of individuals.
• In other cases, it is not possible for the school to have any data for the category, for
example, cases where the relevant year group roll figure is zero.
The symbol (##) indicates that the school has recently opened or merged with another school
and this information is not available.

Minimising Overall Absence


Absence recorded Absence recorded
(2008/2009) (2009/2010)
Average number of Average number of
half days absence half days absence
per pupil per pupil
Absence 18.3 19.4

Where schools have 9 openings per week, please note that all local authority and national
figures are based on 10 openings per week, and so are not directly comparable.

Key to symbols: The symbol (##) indicates that the data are not available or comparable with
other years.

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School: St Madoes Primary School Id No.: 340 - 5348625

Attendance And Absence For School Year 2009/2010


Stage
P1 P2 P3 P4 P5 P6 P7 P1-7
Total Number
of Possible
Attendances( 8,648 8,882 5,324 9,186 9,532 4,280 6,944 52,796
Pupil Half
Days)
Percentage
Authorised 3.2 4.3 2.5 3.1 3.0 2.6 3.1 3.2
Absences
Percentage
Unauthorised
0.7 0.4 0.8 0.6 0.7 0.5 0.6 0.6
Absences

Key to Symbols:
Asterisks (**) have been inserted instead of figures for some schools and categories:
• Counts and percentages based on data for more than 0 but fewer than 5 pupils,
because they could be misleading or lead to the identification of individuals.
• In other cases, it is not possible for the school to have any data for the category, for
example, cases where the relevant year group roll figure is zero.
The symbol (##) indicates that the school has recently opened or merged with another school
and this information is not available.

Minimising Overall Absence


Absence recorded Absence recorded
(2008/2009) (2009/2010)
Average number of Average number of
half days absence half days absence
per pupil per pupil
Absence 11.8 14.5

Where schools have 9 openings per week, please note that all local authority and national
figures are based on 10 openings per week, and so are not directly comparable.

Key to Symbols: The symbol (##) indicates that the data are
not available or comparable with other years.

21 School Costs

The SOEID Circular 10/93 requires schools to issue costs per pupil. For the
December 2010 handbook, this information is based on the roll as at September
2009 census and on the budgeted expenditure for the financial year 2010/2011.

It is misleading to suppose that a school automatically offers a better deal for pupils
because its costs per pupil are higher. It would also be unrealistic to assume that
schools with lower unit costs than others are necessarily managed more
economically and efficiently.

Costs per pupil are dependent on a considerable number of factors. For instance,
the size of the school plays a big part in determining costs per pupil, and a small
primary school in a rural area is almost certainly likely to have a much higher unit
cost that a large primary school.

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Other schools have particular situations – an annexe for example – which may
considerably raise their unit costs.

In comparing unit costs of their child’s school with regional and national averages
therefore, parents should be careful to consider such matters before making a
judgement either on the quality of provision in the school or on the school’s “value for
money”.

Education Authority: Perth & Kinross

Budgeted Running Costs For Financial Year 2010-2011


School Roll at September 2009 9,787
Total School Running Costs at April 2010 (£) 39,675,727
Cost per Pupil (£) 4,054

National Data

Budgeted Running Costs For Financial Year 2010-2011


School Roll at September 2009 367,146
Total School Running Costs at April 2010 (£) 1,478,797,126
Cost per Pupil (£) 4,028

Key to symbols: The symbol ## indicates that the data are not available.

School: St Madoes Primary School Id No.: 340 - 5348625

Budgeted Running Costs For Financial Year 2010-2011


School Roll at September 2009 139
Total School Running Costs at April 2010 (£) 526,821
Cost per Pupil (£) 3,790

Key to symbols: The symbol ## indicates that the data are not available.

22 Nursery

Each nursery provision will have a defined locality which may not be the same as the
primary school catchment area. Localities are agreed and registered with the
Education Services within Education & Children's Services. Parents of children
attending nursery should be aware that a place in a local authority managed nursery
class does not give children priority in gaining a place in the same school when
enrolling for primary school. Entitlement to primary school is determined by the
child’s home address. The designated nursery provision for this school is
St Madoes Primary School.

Further details of nursery provision in Perth and Kinross are available in the Council’s
“Policy & Guidelines for Admission to Nursery Schools and Classes for School”,
which can be accessed on the Council’s website at the following address:

www.pkc.gov.uk/Education+and+learning/Nurseries+and+childcare/Nursery

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23 Arrangements for Emergency Closures

If there is very severe gales or snow fall, it is possible that the school might not be
able. Please check with radio stations from 7 am onwards, before you phone the
school as there might not be anyone in school to answer your phone call.

Information regarding school closures will be available from the following sources:

• Radio Tay (used in all instances)


Frequency AM 1584 FM 96.4 - Perth only
Frequency AM 1161 FM 102.8 - Everywhere else
• Radio Forth (only used for widespread weather conditions)
Frequency AM 1548 FM 97.3
• Radio Heartland FM (only used for widespread weather conditions)
Frequency FM 97

• Radio Central (only used for widespread weather conditions)


Frequency FM 103.1
• Perth FM (only used for widespread weather conditions)
Frequency FM 106.6
• Radio Kingdom (only used for widespread weather conditions)
Frequency FM 95.2, 96.1, 96.6, 105.4, 106.3
• Perth and Kinross Council Customer Service Centre
(Available from 08:00 hours to 18:00 hours however this line may operate from
07:00 hours in exceptional circumstances)
Parents/Carers should dial 0845 3011100. Calls are charged at the local rate.

If school does not open any morning due to weather or lack of power, every effort will
be made to phone Parent Council parents as soon as possible to help pass on the
information

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SCHOOL HOLDIAY DATES

All school holiday dates can be viewed on the Perth & Kinross Council website.

Visits out of School


As part of the curriculum we use the local area and places further afield as a
resource. An annual permission form completed at the start of the session by
parents, allows children to go on a variety of educational trips. On all visits the pupils
are accompanied by the required number of staff and other adults

School Awards

Each year we present several awards to our pupils. There is a sports cup for a P7
boy and girl who has shown consistently high sportsmanship throughout their last
year. There are two John Wallace memorial plates presented for personal
achievement and contribution to the school ethos. There is an Art Cup and individual
certificates for Good Citizenship in each class. Other pupil groups who have been
active in the school are often recognised for their contribution to that group by being
given certificates or small rewards.

Jane Sheldon December 2010


Head Teacher
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