School Information

Horwich Parish CE Primary School

Church Street, Horwich, Bolton BL6 6AA

Telephone: 01204 333147

Enquiries to: Miss S. Cole, Business Manager

Our Mission Statement

Lighting the way.

At Horwich Parish School, we aim to

– Provide a safe, healthy and happy place for learning and fun.

– Help each person gain the skills they need to be confident members of the community.

– Encourage each person in their life’s journey to achieve the best they can.

Ethos statement

As a Church of England school, we have also adopted a distinct ethos statement:

Recognizing its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church at parish and diocesan level.

The school aims to serve its community by providing education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers all its pupils.

Admission to our school

As a voluntary aided Church of England school, the governing body is the admissions authority. This means we have our own agreed criteria for places in the school, if there are more children seeking a place than we have room for. We always stress that we are open to applications from any and all children, from parents who seek the education we can provide. Initial admissions to our school are administered on our behalf by Pupil and Student Services at Bolton Council.

Admissions Policy 2017

Horwich Parish C.E. Primary School is an aided school and admissions are the responsibility of the governing body, in agreement with the Manchester Diocesan Board of Education and the Bolton Local Authority.

The school admits pupils who have reached the age of four before the start of the autumn term on 1st September. The standard admissions number is 60.

Responsibility for admissions is delegated to the Governing Body Admissions Committee. The governing body has chosen not to reserve a proportion of places, for children of other faiths and none, believing the admissions criteria as set out best serve the local community in Horwich. The governors will not place any restriction on admission unless the number of applications exceeds 60.

The governors will admit all children having a statement of special educational needs in which the school is named in accordance with section 324 of the Educational Act 1996. In the event of oversubscription for the remaining places they will be allocated by use of the following criteria in the order given.

  1. Children in public care, who are looked after children and previously looked after children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted( or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order) at the time when preferences are expressed and are still expected to be in public care when admitted to the school.
  2. Siblings of children already attending Horwich Parish C E School at the time of admission. (see note d)
  3. Children of families who are in regular attendance at Holy Trinity Parish Church, Horwich. (see note e)
  4. Children of families who reside at an address which pays ‘local parish precept’ to Horwich Town Council, and are in regular attendance at other Christian churches affiliated to “Churches Together in Horwich and Rivington”. (see note e)
  5. Children who, for medical or social reasons, should attend this school in preference to another. (see note f)
  6. Any other children (see note g)

Notes:

  1. a) If a place is offered to your child, you will be notified in April prior to your child starting in September. When all available places are filled, unsuccessful applicants will be notified in April, prior to their child starting school in September.
  1. b) Where a child lives with parents with shared responsibility, each for part of a week, the address used for admissions purposes will be the home where the child resides for the majority of the week.
  1. c) Where there are children of multiple births wishing to be admitted and the sibling is the 30th child, the governors may admit over the infant class requirement if it is possible to do so.
  1. d) Siblings are defined as full, half or step brothers and sisters, or adopted children, who live at the same address for the majority of the week or at all times and also full brothers and sisters living apart.
  1. e) Regular attendance is normally taken to mean a minimum of monthly attendance at church at public worship for at least the year prior to 1st September in the year before the admission to school. The Rector, appropriate minister, pastor or priest and/ or members of the church leadership will provide evidence of this. Parents need to request a supplementary admissions form from the school if they wish their child to be considered as a family in regular attendance at church.
  1. f) Where admission is sought under special medical or social circumstances criteria, professional supporting evidence e.g. from a doctor, psychologist or social worker, is essential. Such evidence must set out the particular reasons why the school is the most suitable for the child and the difficulties that would be caused if the child had to attend another school.
  1. g) Where there are more applicants for the available places within a category, then distance to the child’s normal front door from the main gate of the school in a straight line measured on a map will be used as the final determining factor, nearer addresses having priority over the more distant ones. The “normal” home of the child will be taken to be the home in which the child sleeps for the majority of the school week.

Under the provisions of paragraph 2.69 of the School Admissions Code, parents of children who are offered a place before the child is of compulsory school age may defer their child’s entry to school until later in the academic year. Where entry is deferred, the school will hold the place for that child and will not offer it to another child. The parent is not able to defer entry beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday, nor beyond the academic year for which the original application was accepted

The governors will operate a waiting list in the event that children refused a place still wish to take it up should a vacancy occur. The waiting list will be kept in the order of eligibility of children according to the above criteria, and places offered in this strict order. Parents will be permitted to know where their child stands on the waiting list at any given time.

The governors have responsibility for In-year admission arrangements. Further details are available from the school.

Appeals

Where the governors are unable to offer a place because the school is over subscribed, parents have the right to appeal to an independent admission appeal panel, set up under the School Standards and Framework Act, 1998, as amended by the Education Act 2003. Parents should notify the clerk to the governors at the school/The Borough Solicitor, Town Hall, Bolton within 14 days of receiving the letter refusing a place Parents will have the opportunity to submit their case to the panel in writing and also to attend in order to present their case. You will normally receive 14 days’ notice of the place and time of the hearing. If a place became available during the appeal process, a child would be offered a place in the school, in the order of eligibility of children according to the above criteria. The governors will consider late applications sympathetically in the light of existing circumstances.

Key Stage 2 results 2016

We are pleased with our assessment outcomes for Key Stage 2 this year. Our other year groups also showed good and improving assessment outcomes.

Our school National average
Percentage of children achieving the expected standard across Reading, Writing and Maths 56% 53%
Percentage of children achieving a high level of attainment across Reading, Writing and Maths 5.26% 5%
Average progress in Reading 0.3 0
Average progress in Writing 1.4 0
Average progress in Mathematics 0.3 0
Average scaled score for Reading 104 103
Average scaled score for Maths 104 103

As an inclusive school, we welcome children to our school who have disabilities or who have Special Educational Needs. We have made improvements to the access of our buildings for disabled users, including a stair-lift and a clos-o-mat toilet, as well as two other disabled toilet facilities. We have experience of working with children with a variety of needs, including visual or hearing impairment, specific learning needs, autistic spectrum disorder, etc.

Special provision

Children with special educational needs are quickly identified, and provided with an individual education plan which is regularly reviewed. Whenever necessary, the school works in close collaboration with other professionals, including specialist teachers, educational psychologists and health professionals. We involve parents and children in the reviews of their learning. We also currently have three children who are provided with additional funding through a Statement of Special Educational Need.

Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is our Deputy Headteacher, and she has been awarded the national SENCO award and a Post Graduate certificate in Autism. She and many other members of staff have a wide range of specialist training and knowledge, including Better Reading Partners training, Reading Recovery training, Precision teaching, and ELKLAN training. We employ four teaching assistants to work specifically with children with SEN, and all our teaching assistants also work with small groups of children to provide intensive support programmes. As a result, our children with SEN are often making as good or better progress than the rest of their class. Further information is included in our Local Offer which can be found on our website.

Pupil Premium

In the financial year 2014-15, our Pupil Premium funding totalled £93,900, supporting approximately 18% of our children.  This funding was spent in the following ways:

Continued provision of resources, and Teaching Assistant 1 for lunchtime
Increased spending on additional teacher
Second additional Teaching Assistant 2
Additional staffing to support outdoor learning
One-to-one and small group tuition
Additional Teaching assistant Level 4 working with vulnerable children
Supply costs to release teachers to hold structured conversations with relevant parents

 

We were delighted to see that this funding had a very positive impact on the children’s progress, as follows:

Subject area Percentage of funded children achieving expected progress Percentage of funded children achieving accelerated progress
Reading 100% 56%
Writing 100% 33%
Maths 89% 33%

 

In the financial year 2015-16, our Pupil Premium funding totals £91,080, supporting approximately 16% of our children.  This funding was spent in the following ways:

Spending continued from the areas supported in 2014-15.
Additional resources for teaching and learning
Additional support for school trips, uniform and other expenses for relevant families.