At Somerdale Educate Together Primary we like to work collaboratively with families and the community around us to ensure our children have the best experience possible.
For further information about our school please visit the links below.
A rate of 95% – 100% is the expected attendance of a child in the school. Children who attend this amount of time are likely to reach their full potential in education and go on to college and university. Therefore it is really important that your child attends school every day.
If your child has one day off a fortnight this adds up to one and a half years during their school life, it is proven that this often limits what they can achieve when they are 16. Please only keep your child at home if they are really unwell. If you are not sure bring your child/ren to school and let the class teacher know.< less
Somerdale Educate Together Breakfast and Afterschool Club provides wraparound provision for children aged 3-11 who attend our school.
We strive to provide a calm, welcoming and inclusive environment that encompasses the ethos of our school where all children are respected, and friendships are developed.
The staff are led by our Wraparound Care Supervisor and additional playworkers who support and live by the values of the school. The club provides a choice of stimulating activities which the children can help to plan. There are a range of indoor and outdoor play resources for the children to enjoy with opportunities for children to relax.
Breakfast Club hours are from 7.45am – 9am.
After-School Club hours are from 3pm- 5.30pm.
Our Breakfast Club sessions cost £4.50 and this includes breakfast.
Our After-School Club costs £8.50 per session and includes a snack.
Childcare vouchers can be used for pay for the school wraparound provision.
Dates for the Breakfast and After-School Club are released monthly. If you have a place for your child, then this will be secured each month provided that payment is made. Parents make club bookings in advance on Arbor, when payment has been made, this can be confirmed by the office staff. Refunds will not be made for non-attendees or cancellations.
Staff are employed by the school and form part of our team. Our Wraparound Care Supervisor is Amy Bowen.
Food is provided by our school kitchen. Meals and snacks are a social time during which children sit and eat together. We plan meals so that they provide the children with a healthy and nutritious varied diet. As a NUT FREE school all meals/snacks are nut free. Dietary requirements will be catered for.
The range of activities planned will enrich and engage our pupils, developing their social and friendship skills, wider knowledge and creativity all in a play environment.< less
* We value all children and the unique contribution that they offer to the school.
* We believe that all children learn best when they feel safe and are happy in school.
* We believe that respect underpins all of our relationships within school and with the outside world.
* We ensure that all pupils achieve their fullest potential and are fully prepared for the next stage of learning and life
Our core principles are:
• Equity based – Through being equitable in our work, all children and staff will have equal access to their rights and, regardless of background, all will be equally respected.
Article 14: Every child has the right to think and believe what they want and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights.
• Aspirational – all of our children have the right to a holistic world class education. All of our work aims to ensure that every child can make progress and achieve well in every aspect of their education.
Article 4: Governments must do all they can to make sure every child can enjoy their rights.
• Child-centred – Children are at the heart of every decision and activity. Their voices are actively sought and listened to. They play a lead role in shaping their education.
Article 3: The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all things that affect children.
• Collaborative– Our schools aim to be central to the communities they serve. As such, we look for opportunities to give voice to and work in partnership with all stakeholders of the schools.
Article 12: Every child has the right to have a say in all matters affecting them, and to have their views taken seriously.
As a school, we are immensely proud of the food culture we are developing in school.
Our school lunches are cooked fresh from scratch every day in our designated kitchen by our chef. When we say “live together to learn together”, we want to live those values!
Lunch begins at twelve and finishes at one o’clock with children able to sit with friends from all year groups.
When we sit alongside our friends and the adults in the school, eating together, we learn to talk, share and enjoy food whatever our background
We send out the new menu to families each term. Alternatively, please ask the office if you would like another copy.
As an Academy, Somerdale Educate Together is governed by the Educate Together Academy Trust Board, comprised of highly skilled professionals volunteering to ensure our schools are well run.
Information about the Educate Together Academy Trust governance structure can be found on our website here, along with our Articles of Association, Scheme of Delegation and audited accounts.
For more information about the Trust Board please contact us on 0117 3790119.
Local Governing Board
Somerdale Educate Together has a Local Governing Board (LGB) comprised of staff, parents local residents, and co-opted governors generously giving up their time and expertise to help develop and shape the school for the community it works within. The Board also acts as a line of communication between the school and the Trust Board
Chair and Parent Governor: Rachel Cowie
Parent Governor: Rachel Renney
Community Governor: Lesley Jones
Community Governor: Richard Vanstone
Co-opted Governor: Marie Underhill
Co-opted Governor: Justin Greenaway
Headteacher: Chris Thomas-Unsworth
Staff Governor: Sam O’Regan
Staff Governor: Jim McLaughlin
Clerk: Sasha Tilley
The Chair can be contacted by post, at the school’s address: Somerdale Educate Together Primary, Tiberius Road, Keynsham BS31 2FF.
Please mark your envelope ‘Confidential’ if necessary. Alternatively, please e mail the clerk: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) is Rebecca Ware. Rebecca can be contacted via email at email@example.com or by phoning our main reception: 0117 3790888.
For an overview of our vision, ethos and values in relation to Inclusion, please see our ETAT SEND and Inclusion Policy.
For a detailed report on how we implement our SEND and Inclusion policy on a day to day basis, please see our SEND information report, click here.
If you have a specific question, please use the contents page at the start of the report to ensure quick access to the information you need.
At Somerdale Educate Together Primary Academy we are committed to providing high quality education to every child. We believe that all children, including those identified as having Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEN/D) are entitled to an accessible, broad and balanced academic and social curriculum where they are included in all aspects of school life.
As part of Educate Together’s core principles we ensure that all children are valued and treated with respect.
all children have the best possible education which meets the specific needs of individuals and groups of children
all children are fully included in all aspects of the school
all children have the support and provision necessary to enable them to achieve
We aim to identify children’s learning, social and emotional difficulties at an early stage and we endeavour to work with you to help support each child.
For some children, with more complex needs or identified needs an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) may have already been issued or a child may be undergoing an EHCP Needs Assessment before they start school; we recognise that children can experience difficulties with learning, behaviour or social skills at any time in their school life and we aim to work together to support his/her needs. Once a child is identified as having difficulties in accessing learning or in experiencing barriers due to their social, emotional or mental health needs the school will support them through a variety of strategies. The child may then be recognised as receiving SEN Support and may be placed on our Special Educational Needs register.
We believe strongly that by working in close partnership with parents, carers and outside agencies of the school we can give our children high quality care, support, education and opportunities to enable them to succeed in life beyond Somerdale Educate Together.
We promote an approach to education which is based on the core values of mutual respect, self-esteem, dignity and critical awareness. The inclusive nature of our unique ethical curriculum ensures no child is ever placed in a position in which they feel themselves an outsider.
Our pre-school is based in our primary school, adjacent to our Reception class, sharing a wonderful outside learning space as a unit.
Our pre-school offers:
The main point of entry to the pre-school is in September each year. Places for the September entry will be offered before the proceeding Easter break to children who will be three by 31st August of that year.
If there are more children on the waiting list than places available, then the oversubscriptions criteria will be applied.
If after our main entry point there are still spaces, then we will also have a Spring entry point (January) and a Summer entry point (After Easter).
To apply for a place at our preschool, please use our online form which is accessed from the link below.
Offers of places will be sent via e-mail.
Offers of places will be made in the last week before the Easter holidays for children to start in the Autumn Term.
Offers of places will be made in the first full week of July for children to start in the Spring Term.
Offers of places will be made in the last week of Term 2 before the Christmas holidays for children to start in the Summer Term.
If we have spaces available, parents have the option of purchasing extra sessions in addition to our core offer.
You can submit your request for regular extra sessions three times a year:
-If you require regular extra sessions for Term 1 and Term 2 (September – Christmas Holidays), we will inform you by the end of Term 5 if we are able to accommodate any extra sessions for Terms 1 & 2 only.
-If you require extra sessions for Term 3 and Term 4 (January – Easter), we will inform you by the end of Term 1 if we are able to accommodate any extra sessions for Terms 3 and 4 only.
-If you require extra sessions for Term 5 and Term 6 (After Easter – Summer Holidays), we will inform you by the end of Term 3 if we are able to accommodate any extra sessions for Terms 5 & 6 only.
If, for example, we are able to offer you extra sessions for term 1 & 2, this does not mean we will be able to necessarily offer you extra sessions in any following terms. A request must be made for each period that you require additional sessions, and we will inform you if we can accommodate requests in the timelines detailed above.
Our vision for P.E at Somerdale Educate Together is for all children to experience outstanding P.E lessons and school sport that will lead to lifelong participation. With our commitment to the Trust mission, ‘Learn together to Live Together, we have developed a PE scheme of Work that enables children to develop core physical and movement skills in every P.E lesson as well as building collaboration and competition through structured competitive activities. The Curriculum offer alongside the Sports Premium Funding enables us to make sure that all children engage in physical activity that develops their health and wellbeing.
Our principal aim is to make P.E enjoyable and inclusive for all. A high-quality PE curriculum and extracurricular sport activities inspires all our pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sports and become physically confident in ways that support health and fitness. The opportunities to experience a wide range of sports, as well as swimming lessons for some year groups builds character and embed the school values that we are passionate about such as: Friendship, Perseverance, Unity and Respect.
With the additional Sports Premium Funding we receive, we have used this to inspire our children to excel through the use of skilled PE coaches working alongside our teachers to deliver expert coaching in gymnastics, cricket, football and basketball and through extracurricular sports clubs. Developing our children’s physical fitness and wellbeing through play is also a key aim for our use of Sports Premium Funding.
In order to improve Physical Education in primary schools, the government is providing an additional grant for each school. This funding is jointly provided by Departments of Education, Health and Culture and Media and Sport and is given directly to schools where the Headteacher has the freedom to allocate money to improve the quality of sports and PE for all children in their school.< less
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Pupil Premium funding is given to schools to help support disadvantaged children in order to raise their attainment and to help close the gap in attainment between these pupils and their peers. It is allocated to schools for every pupil who has been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years.
It is for schools to decide how Pupil Premium funding is spent as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the pupils within their responsibility.
At Somerdale ET, we are fully committed to ensuring that all children have equal access to the highest quality teaching and learning through an exciting and balanced curriculum and targeted individual or group support based on their needs or abilities.
To find out more about our Pupil premium at our school see below:
Your child may be able to get pupil premium if you receive any of the following:
Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Universal Credit with take home pay/net earnings below £7,400
Children of parents serving in the armed forces
Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
If you think you are eligible to qualify for Pupil Premium funding please follow the link below and complete the application process:
The money received for PP children is used to address barriers to learning for children which may include:
Access to enrichment activities
To monitor progress on attainment, new measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of students covered by the Pupil Premium funding. The usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention. The strategy is reviewed regularly to ensure maximum impact with a full review in July each academic year.
At Somerdale Educate Together Primary School the health, safety and well-being of every child is our top priority. We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils.
We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
The procedures which we follow have been laid down by the Bath and North East Somerset Safeguarding Team and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this, for the safety of all. On rare occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. We will ensure that all concerns are discussed with parent/carers first, before any referrals are made, unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare.
Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL’s)
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and PLAC (Previously Looked After Children): Chris Thomas-Unsworth, Headteacher
Deputy Safeguarding Lead (DDSL): Sam O’Regan, Deputy Head
If you are worried that a child has suffered harm, neglect or abuse or, you are worried that a child may be at risk if suffering harm you should contact Chris Thomas-Unsworth during school hours.
Alternatively, you can contact the Bath & North East Somerset Safeguarding Children board here:
If you think a child is in immediate danger call for police assistance.
We are committed to ensuring the safety of all children. We have a detailed child protection policy which explains the procedures that the staff must follow in order to protect our children. Please find the policy here:
Our Child Protection Policy follows new statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment as set out in Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021. You can access this statutory guidance by clicking here:
7.45 am Wraparound care – Breakfast Club
8.40am Doors open.
8.50am Registration – children must be in class by this time.
12pm Lunch time
1pm Afternoon activities
3.10pm End of school day
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