Please feel free to make an appointment to visit our school, meet our team and children, so that you are able to make an informed decision as to where to best educate your child, both academically and socially.
Applications for admission to school must be made through: Principle Oﬃcer Admissions and Transport People and Well-Being (Schools and Inclusion) Powys County Hall Llandrindod Wells LD1 5LG.
Details are provided on the Powys County Council website.
Leighton CP School’s Policy is in line with the Powys education Policy for admission to primary schools.
In terms of school admissions, the Authority has adopted, in order of priority, the following criteria:
- Powys pupils with a Statement of Special Need which names a speciﬁc school.
- Looked After Children in Powys.
- The presence of an elder brother or sister in the school (when the home remains in the allocation area of the school which applied in the year the elder child was ﬁrst admitted).
- The location of the home in relation to the school and alternative schools.
- Any special medical and social needs relating to the individual child.
- The presence of a brother or sister at the school when the family home is not in the original or current allocation area for the school.
Within each criteria, places will be allocated on the basis of the shortest walking distance to the school, in strict order of distance, up to the number of places available, the highest priority being given to the pupil living closest to the school.
Arrangements for the admission of pupils with disabilities Leighton CP School will work closely with the Local Authority with regard to the admission of all pupils. Arrangements for the admission of pupils with disabilities will begin before the child is enrolled.
Leighton CP School is ﬁrmly committed to promote and embed disability equality and to prevent discrimination on grounds of disability. Governors and staﬀ believe that all pupils can achieve their potential, irrespective of their special needs or disability.
The school has a Disability Equality Scheme Action Plan so that disabled and non-disabled pupils and staﬀ have equal opportunity to take part in all aspects of school life.
The school is working within the Disability Discrimination Act (1995) regulations to provide the required facilities throughout the school site. At present all areas of the school and all of the Village Hall with the exception of the toilets and the gallery are accessible by wheelchair. There is a toilet suitable for use by the disabled in the Village Hall.
The LEA and the Governing Bodies of Voluntary (Aided) schools (as the admission authorities) support the principle of meeting parental preferences wherever and whenever possible. However, it must be recognised that it may not be possible to comply with parental preferences if a school, in admitting a child, will be in breach of the requirement to comply with the statutory duty in respect of infant class sizes.
Further information concerning admission regulations can be obtained from the Head Teacher or People Services (schools), Powys County Council, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 5LG.
- The School Day
When your child starts school he or she should ideally be able to go to the toilet unaided, put on and do up his/her coat, eat with a knife and fork and be able to dress and undress for PE and swimming.
Our school uniform has been updated to be more eco-friendly, although the transition to the updated version is open ended, so no need to replace anything until you are ready to.
Our sweatshirt (v neck), polo shirt and cardigan colour is still burgundy, although the badge has been updated (as above). Grey trousers/skirts/pinafore’s, with grey or burgundy tights/socks. Shoes remain black. Our new summer dress colour will be amber/gold.
PE kit will be amber/gold polo shirt, with black shorts/skirt and socks.
Our uniform supplier is now Constructiv Clothing, at 20 Church Street, Welshpool, SY21 7LH, with all items available to try on for size in the local shop; Leighton book-bags are also available.
Please ensure that all uniform and PE kit is marked with your child’s name.
Children are not allowed to wear jewellery in school for reasons of safety and the risk of loss. They may wear stud earrings and watches. We also discourage nail varnish.
Children should always have warm/wet weather clothing and PE kit (swimming kit when needed) in school.
8am Breakfast Club opens (£1 per child, per day)
8.35am School doors open
9am Lessons start
10.30–10.45am Break (children should bring fruit/water)
2.00–2.15pm Playtime; Thursday and Friday only
3.10pm School ﬁnishes
3.10–4.10pm After-school clubs
Extracurricular music lessons are available – please enquire.
Educational visits take place throughout the school year.
Due the possibility of accidents we ask that parents please collect all children from their classrooms at the end of the day. School doors are locked during the day, and gates locked at break and lunch times.
School transport forms and regulations are available from school and should be returned to: Principle Oﬃcer, Admissions and Transport, People and Well-Being (schools and Inclusion), Powys County Hall, Llandrindod Wells, Powys LDl 5LG.
Leighton CP School has a reward system for good work and behaviour. Children each belong to a coloured house team: green, red or white. They are awarded a point when they have completed excellent work, completed their homework, displayed good behaviour or been kind, etc.
Welsh is taught as a 2nd language. Two points or ‘Tocyn Cymraeg’ are awarded when a child is heard speaking Welsh outside of Welsh lessons.
A ‘Siaradwr Yr Wythnos’ (Welsh speaker of the week) is awarded weekly, chosen by our Criw Cymraeg team.
At the end of the week the House Points are totted up and the winning team is displayed on the notice boards. At the end of each term the team which had the most house points gets a special treat.
The class with the best weekly attendance is treated to an extra playtime.
Collective worship School assemblies include Christian acts of worship, together with a moral lesson on certain items of news or information. Parents who wish to withdraw their children from assemblies on religious grounds have the right to do so.
- Free School Meals
If you think that your child may be eligible for Free School Meals please contact: The Director of Education (Free School Meals), Area Education Oﬃces, The Old College, Oﬀ Station Road, Newtown, Powys 5Y16 1BE.
- PDG / Pupil Deprivation Grant
Allocated to schools for the benefit of low income families eligible for free school meals, and looked after children. Schools target this funding via specific support strategies. At Leighton we identify the groups, identify their needs, allocate resources, monitor and evaluate progress made. For 2017 our PDG allocation id £9,400.
A school bus or taxi brings some of the children to school in the mornings and takes them home in the afternoons. children living two miles or more from the nearest school are entitled to free transport. It may also be possible for other children to use the same transport, at a cost, subject to the availability of seats.
- Relationships Education
Children are taught health education throughout the school. When they are in Years 5 and 6, they will be given lessons about sexual development as one of a series of health education lessons. The school nurse will also visit the school to speak to Year 6 about puberty and personal management. Questions are encouraged and answered sensitively according to the child’s age and maturity. Parents will be notiﬁed when the lessons about sexual development will occur, and are welcome to come and discuss the matter either with the Head Teacher, or with the health visitor concerned. Parents may withdraw their children from Health and Relationships Education lessons if they wish.
- Additional Learning Needs
Some children may experience problems with diﬀerent parts of the curriculum, and may need support to cope with their school work. Teachers are continually assessing the progress of the children in the school and if they think that a child is experiencing diﬃculties, they will ﬁrstly discuss this with the child’s parents. They may then wish to refer the child on to another professional such as the Special Needs Teacher, a school medical oﬃcer, speech therapist, school psychologist, or physiotherapist to help to assess the child’s needs.
The school employs one teacher as the coordinator for matters concerning Additional Learning Needs (ALNCo, including Looked After Children) and to give extra help to those children who may need it. A programme of work is arranged in conjunction with the class teacher, which is speciﬁcally tailored to meet the individual child’s needs.
Sometimes, a child needs more speciﬁc help, and after consultation with the parents, the school psychological service may be asked to assess the child and provide a Statement of Educational Needs, if necessary. The Local Education Authority is then legally obliged to provide the means to meet the needs set out in the statement. At all times, parents are kept fully informed about what is going on, and are asked to contribute to the process by expressing their feelings about their child‘s needs.
The school policy on Additional Needs has been revised, and now contains fewer references to More Able and Talented pupils (MAT). This is because we now have a separate policy for MAT children, reﬂecting the increasing emphasis we are placing on this.
The Digital Competence Framework (ICT) is one of 3 cross-curricular responsibilities, alongside Literacy and Numeracy. It focuses on developing digital skills which can be applied to a wide range of subjects and scenarios.
The Framework, which has been developed by practitioners from Pioneer Schools, supported by external experts, has 4 strands of equal importance, each with a number of elements.
- Citizenship – which includes:
- Identity, image and reputation
- Health and well-being
- Digital rights, licensing and ownership
- Online behaviour and cyberbullying.
- Interacting and collaborating – which includes:
- Storing and sharing.
- Producing – which includes:
- Planning, sourcing and searching
- Evaluating and improving.
- Data and computational thinking – which includes:
- Problem solving and modelling
- Data and information literacy.
Reducing absence from school is a key priority, both nationally and locally, because missing school damages a pupil’s attainment levels and disrupts school routines.
If your child is ill and unable to attend school or needs to be absent from school because of a medical appointment, please notify the school.
If you fail to notify us, your child’s absence will be recorded as ‘unauthorised’ and the statistics are used by the Government as truancy indicators. If lateness or absence persists we are obliged to inform the Educational Welfare Oﬃcer.
Parents are discouraged from taking children out of school during term time for holidays. The school carries out the Local Authority policy, which can sometimes incur Penalty charge Notices.
- School Closures
In the event of adverse weather or any other exceptional circumstance, the Head Teacher will notify parents of the closure by posting it on the Powys website, the school website, our Facebook page, and by texting out.
- School Policies
The school has policies for diﬀerent aspects of school life, including social, curriculum and safety areas. these policies are constantly being reviewed and updated by the teaching staﬀ and the governing body.
The following policies are available: Performance Management, Mathematics, Race Equality, English, Economic and Industrial Awareness, Science, Health and Safety (County Policy), Music, Health Education (including Sex and Relationships Education), History, Art, Lunch Time, PE, Assessment and Record Keeping, Design Technology, Substance Misuse, ICT, Use of Reasonable Force, Swimming, Teachers’ Pay, Geography, Admissions, More Able and Talented (MAT), Equal Opportunities, Special Education Needs (SEN), Charging Policy, RE and Collective Worship, Induction Policy for Students, Homework, Environmental Education, Discipline, Attendance and Social Inclusion, Welsh, Attendance Management, Marking, Child Protection, English (Additional Language), Complaints Procedure, Disability Discrimination, Discipline, Conﬁdentiality, Looked-after Children, Grievance Procedure, Newly Qualiﬁed Teachers, Publication Scheme, Taking Photographs, Volunteers.
It is school policy that any photographs taken during school events should not be shared on public social media platforms, other than those under school responsibility (Leighton CP website, Facebook, Twitter accounts).
Complaints – We do try to deal with any concern as soon as is possible, and hopefully at the classroom door. However, should you wish to take a complaint further please contact the Head Teacher, or Chair of Governors in the first instance.
- Parental Involvement
Leighton CP School values its relationships with parents and we hope that you will feel welcome in the school at all times.
At certain times during the year; Parents’ Evenings, plays, Harvest Festival, St David’s Day and other special occasions, you will be formally invited to come into school. We hope that you will not wait to be asked, but will feel able to come in whenever you wish to do so, to talk to the teachers or to look at your child’s work, before or after school. If there is something which you wish to know, please come and ask. We are always happy to talk and discuss things, and although this is usually possible immediately, if you wish to talk at length about a speciﬁc matter, it is always as well to ask the teacher if it is convenient. As all teachers teach throughout the day, if it is not convenient to see you at that time, the teacher can arrange another time.
We encourage parents to come and help in the classroom in a variety of diﬀerent ways, please enquire.
Friends of Leighton CP School (FoLS) meetings and by supporting fund raising events, all the parents can support the school.
Parents are kept up to date with school notices and events via the website, our friendly Facebook page, and via text messages.
The Friends of Leighton CP School (FoLS) association has, over a number of years, been very successful in raising considerable sums of money to provide additional resources for the school. Proﬁts from social events such as promise auctions, Christmas fayres and quiz nights have provided valuable resources for the school such as new computers, teaching schemes and books and shelving for our library.
All parents are notiﬁed of FoLS meetings and are very welcome to attend any or all of them. FoLS rely upon the cooperation of parents and friends, and the support of the community, to be successful. We look forward to developing these links further in the future.
For information about FoLS, or to get involved, please contact us.