Our School

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.

Euro’s 2021: ETAT Statement July 21

Educate Together Academy Trust (ETAT) is an equality-based Trust where we live by the mottos ‘no child an outsider’ and ‘learn together to live together’. Our schools celebrate diversity, individuality and respects each child’s identity and that of their family equally. We are an Academy Trust of Rights Respecting Schools, and this education is embedded in all interactions and explicitly taught. This supports and underpins our unique ethical Learn Together curriculum that is taught throughout the school.

At ETAT we have always fought racism and promoted equality, equity, and inclusivity through education, both within our schools and the communities they serve. We are very proud of our richly diverse school community and as a Trust, we do not tolerate any form of racism or discrimination.

ETAT is appalled by the racist abuse that England’s National Football Team, has received in recent days and weeks especially. We are aware that as a result black people across the country have received abuse too. Racism has no place in society in any context and at ETAT we reaffirm that we are dedicated to identifying and confronting racism head on.

The Trust will be working to develop a new Anti-Racism Strategy and with this, our schools will continue to use education to enact societal change. This Strategy will then be implemented across the Trust in collaboration and with staff, children, and the wider school community.

The Trust continues to educate itself to ensure that future generations understand, appreciate, and celebrate our diversity, differences, achievements, and histories.


Somerdale Educate Together strives to promote equality and celebrate diversity in all its forms. We feel it is important to make links available that address and reflect the ongoing events across the world and to support you in discussions you may be having with your children.

Below are resources that are aimed at supporting parents to hold conversations with your children and answer some of the difficult questions. It is important to stress that the resources shared below are not intended to be a home learning activity for your child to do alone. In school, we will discuss events in a supportive way, led by the children’s questions. If you have any questions, please e-mail your child’s class teacher via the year group page.

Resources:

https://educateagainsthate.com/parents/

https://yoopies.co.uk/c/press-releases/blacklivesmatter – A parents guide to Black Lives Matter

How the UNICEF Convention on the Rights of the Child protects children from discrimination

  • Article 2 (Non-discrimination): Every child has rights, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status.
  • Article 4 (Protection of rights): Governments have a responsibility to take all available measures to make sure children’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled. When countries ratify the Convention, they agree to review their laws relating to children. This involves assessing their social services, legal, health and educational systems, as well as levels of funding for these services. Governments are then obliged to take all necessary steps to ensure that the minimum standards set by the Convention in these areas are being met. They must help families protect children’s rights and create an environment where they can grow and reach their potential.
  • Article 8 (Preservation of identity): Children have the right to an identity – an official record of who they are. Governments should respect children’s right to a name, a nationality and family ties.
  • Article 14 (Freedom of thought, conscience and religion): Children have 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.
  • Article 19 (Protection from all forms of violence): Children have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, physically or mentally. Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect
  • Article 22 (Refugee children): Children have the right to special protection and help if they are refugees (if they have been forced to leave their home and live in another country), as well as all the rights in this Convention.
  • Article 23 (Children with disabilities): Children who have any kind of disability have the right to special care and support, as well as all the rights in the Convention, so that they can live full and independent lives.
  • Article 29 (Goals of education): Children’s education should develop each child’s personality, talents and abilities to the fullest. It should encourage children to respect others, human rights and their own and other cultures.
  • Article 30 (Children of minorities/indigenous groups): Minority or indigenous children have the right to learn about and practice their own culture, language and religion.
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Article 28: Every child has the right to an education.

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.

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Article 31: You have the right to play and rest

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 two 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.

Sessions

Breakfast Club hours are from 7.45am – 9am.

After-School Club hours are from 3pm- 5.30pm.

Pricing

Our Breakfast Club sessions cost £4 and this includes breakfast.

Our After-School Club costs £8 per session and includes a snack.

Childcare vouchers can be used for pay for the school wraparound provision.

Bookings

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. Currently, spaces each day are capped to support the management of infection control in relation to COVID -19 and related to current staffing.

Staffing

Staff are employed by the school and form part of our team. Our Wraparound Care Supervisor is Amy Bowen. Gemma Gunton and James Rogers are our playworkers.

Food Snacks

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.

After-School Club Activities

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. This will include arts and crafts, small world and construction materials, outdoor sports games, den making, woodland and gardening activities and cooking to name a few. A more detailed update will be added to the website once the full team are in place.

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In June 2020 the government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up on missed learning caused by coronavirus (COVID19). This funding included a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for missed learning. More information can be found on the DfE website. 

School allocations are calculated on a per pupil basis with the school receiving £80 for each pupil.


Somerdale Covid Catch-up Spending Report 2020-2021

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Due to current COVID-19 restrictions and additional cleaning we are currently not running teacher-led enrichment clubs.  Bristol Sports have recommenced.

 

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As an Educate Together school:

* 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 4 core principles…

Equality Based

All children have equal rights of access to the school and children of all social, cultural and religious backgrounds are 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.

Co-Educational

All children are encouraged to explore their full range of abilities and opportunities

Article 4: Governments must do all they can to make sure every child can enjoy their rights.

Learner Centred

We always put the children at the heart of every decision and activity. If it is not in the interest of the children’s learning or welfare then why do it?

Article 3: The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all things that affect children.

Democratically Run

We encourage active participation of parents, children and the community in the daily life of the school whilst positively affirming the professional role of the teachers

Article 12: Every child has the right to have a say in all matters affecting them, and to have their views taken seriously.

“No child an outsider”

Educate Together affirms that:

1)   Children of all social, cultural and religious backgrounds have a right to an education that respects their individual identity whilst exploring the different values and traditions of the world in which they live.

2)   Parents are entitled to participate actively in decisions that affect the education of their children.

 

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Trust Board

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: Kate Aldworth

Community Governor: Lesley Jones

Community Governor: Richard Vanstone

Co-opted Governor: Rachel Cowie

Co-opted Governor: Marie Underhill

Co-opted Governor: Justin Greenaway

Co-opted Governor: Curtis Lij-Iyasu

Headteacher: Joanna Barr

Staff Governor: Sam O’Regan

Staff Governor: Jo Devine

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: clerk@educatetogether.org.uk

 

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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.

Our Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCO) is currently Rachael Bishop. If you would like to talk to Rachael, please contact the classteacher or Amy/Jo in the main office to book an appointment.

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.


The Information Report below will support you in understanding how we at Somerdale can support your child’s additional needs. Please also refer to our ‘Graduated Response’, ‘Glossary of Terms’ and ‘Child’s Information Report’ for further information: Please note these documents are currently under review

 

  • SEN Information Report

  • Accessibility Plan

  • SEND – Guide for Parents

  • Graduated Response to SEND

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Our school was opened in September 2017. As a new school, we anticipate an Ofsted inspection in 2021.

Ofsted page.

Performance Information

Currently due to the age of our children and size of our school we have no published national date for KS1 or KS2. The data below tells you how well our children did against the national standards.

EYFS

Children in Reception should achieve a Good Level of Development (GLD) against the Early Years framework. GLD is defined as children working at, or exceeding, the expected standard in the key areas of Literacy, Maths, Physical development, Communication & language and Personal, Social & emotional development.

National GLD 2018: 71%

Somerdale GLD 2018: 75%

Year One Phonics Screening

The phonics screening check is a short, assessment to confirm whether individual children have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. Children are tested in Year 1. Those children that may not reach the standard are retested in Year 2.

National 2018: 81.9%


Somerdale 2018: 83%

Please click here to view the School Performance Tables Service.

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Our Pre- School is open to all children from their third birthday

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:

  • A qualified teacher working in our Pre-School classroom.
  • A unique ethical curriculum.
  • A place where no child is an outsider.
  • A well-resourced indoor and outdoor learning environment.
  • The option to purchase additional sessions if required.

Pre-School Parent Tours

Due to current COVID 19 restrictions we are not offering tours of our pre-school but if you have questions please call us on (0117) 379 0888 or e-mail info@somerdaleet.org.uk

We are a democratically run setting; Please get in touch if the session times we are currently offering do not suit your needs.

Please click here for our pre school Application to Join V5

Please click here for our Settling in Policy Pre-school

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Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

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.

 

What is PE and Sport Premium?

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.

For the 2019/2020 academic year Somerdale Educate Together Primary received £16, 320.68% of this budget was spent on provision by Bristol Sports Foundation. The remainder was used for equipment.

SET Impactof PE Sport Premium Report2019

PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Physical_education

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What is Pupil Premium (PP) Funding?

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 Pupil premium please click here  

Somerdale PP statement 2020-21.

Who is eligible?

Your child may be able to get pupil premium if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support

  • 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

How to apply:

If you think you are eligible to qualify for Pupil Premium funding please follow the link below and complete the application process:

http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/schools-colleges-and-learning/school-meals-and-catering/free-school-meals


Pupil Premium Funding at Somerdale ET Primary

The money received for PP children is used to address barriers to learning for children which may include:

  • Language access

  • Attendance

  • Literacy attainment

  • Maths attainment

  • Access to enrichment activities

How will we monitor the impact of the spending of PP?

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.

 

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Food Culture

As a school, we are immensely proud of the food culture we are developing in school. All our pupils from Pre-School to Year 4 pupils eat our school lunches, which are cooked fresh from scratch every day in our designated kitchen by Carla, our Chef, and Marie our Catering  Assistant. When we say “live together to learn together”, we want to live those values!

Lunch begins at twelve and finishes at one o’clock and this is an important social time as well as time to refuel! When we sit alongside our friends and the adults in the school, eating the same meal together, we learn to talk, share and enjoy food whatever our background.   If our children attend the breakfast and after school club, they will eat all three meals a day in school. Our chef will be looking to grow and support our pupils in the future to understand both healthy eating and also sustainability issues.

Please  find below our latest menu for Somerdale this term.

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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

3.10 – 5.45pm Wraparound care – After-School Club

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Teaching Staff

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Teaching Assistants

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Support Team

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