INSPIRE BELIEVE ACHIEVE
OAK FIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL
Interim Executive Headteacher: Janet Hayward
Deputy Headteacher - Emma Sullivan
What ESTYN says about Oak Field Primary School...
"The school cares exceptionally well for its pupils"
"Most pupils have a positive attitude to learning"
"Pupils at Oak Field Primary School make strong progress"
"The school benefits from strong leadership"
Oak Field Primary School is a happy, caring, progressive school at the centre of the Gibbonsdown community. We pride ourselves on making sure that learning is exciting, fun and personalised.
Children are at the heart of our school and we understand how important it is for everyone that the school is a nurturing, stimulating place where children feel safe and valued. We want our children to develop a love of learning and therefore offer an exciting, creative curriculum to ensure that learning is meaningful.
We moved into our new building in 2015. We now have a modern, well-resourced learning areas are both spacious and bright and children engage in learning experiences both indoors and out.
Oak Field has a fantastic P.T.A. and we encourage all parents and the wider community to be involved in school life as possible. We work closely together and hold a variety of events throughout the year including fayres, discos, social evenings and day trips.
I would urge you to visit the school to meet the staff and children and experience first-hand the atmosphere that makes Oak Field the wonderful school it is.
A HAPPY, HEALTHY SCHOOL
A Happy, Healthy School
Illness & Accident
If a pupil is taken ill or has an accident in school, it is very important for the school to be able to contact a parent or relative immediately. If this is not possible, the school will contact the pupil’s doctor and if necessary make arrangements for the child to be taken to hospital.
The Community Health Service carries out various medical examinations. Parents will be informed and are invited to attend full medical examinations. In order that the welfare of every child is catered for, it is important to inform the school of any changes in a child’s medical condition.
Responsibility for checking children’s hair now rests with the parents - staff are not permitted to check children’s heads.
Please check your child’s head on a regular weekly basis
In the interests of health and safety, medicines and tablets must not be brought to school for coughs and colds. If it is necessary for a child to receive prescribed medicine during the school day parents must sign the appropriate consent form. If a child needs regular medication for conditions such as epilepsy or asthma the medication may be kept by the Head Teacher or school clerk.
If your child uses an inhaler or has an Epi-pen, please inform the class teacher and Admin Officer.
If a child is diagnosed with an infectious disease or contagious infection, such as, chicken pox, the child is not to attend school until the infection has cleared.
Breakfast Club open from 7.55am - 8.55am FOR ALL CHILDREN AGE 4+
(enjoy free cereals, toast, juice etc - serving stops at 8.20am, children will NOT be admitted after this time)
School begins - 8.55am
Lunchtime 12.00pm - 1.00pm
School ends - 3.20pm
Oak Field Primary School is situated in the heart of the Gibbonsdown estate, east side of Barry town. The community has evolved as a result of the growing development of housing in the community. The school and its catchment is part of a Communities First and Flying Start area.
We are very fortunate to be accommodated in a “state of the art” primary school, only completed in September 2015. This two storey building is a 21st century school encompassing traditional educational needs alongside the most up to date technological advances. Outdoors there is a large playing field, eco-garden and vegetable area with stimulating outdoor classrooms for each of the Foundation Phase classes.
The school caters for pupils between the ages of three and eleven. Due to an increase in pupil numbers the school has individual classes from Nursery to Year 6. The majority of pupils are from English speaking homes and Welsh is taught as a second language
The school has been awarded with seven Healthy School Plaques, our first Green Flag Eco-School Award and Gold Award for Catch-up Literacy work. We are also proud to follow the ‘Design to Smile’ programme and have been awarded the Silver Level and are currently working towards our Gold award.
Eating Together Healthily
The school provides a daily ‘Breakfast Club’ between 8.00am and 8.50am, (children are asked to arrive between 8.00am and 8.20am. There is strictly NO admittance after this time), which is managed by Mr Schembri, Senior Breakfast Club Supervisor, Mrs Jones, Ms Salter and Miss Perry Breakfast Clubs Supervisors. Children are offered toast, fruit juices, milk and a selection of cereals, yoghurts and fruit. The Breakfast Club has greatly supported parents in the community, especially those who need to leave early for work each day.
Parents are reminded of the importance of giving their child a good breakfast before coming to school. Evidence suggests that children who have the opportunity to eat a healthy and nutritious breakfast prior to the start of the school day are more likely to have greater sustained concentration and achieve their full potential.
School Meals & Milk
School meals are cooked on the school premises.
At present, meals cost £2.30 a day - £11.50 a week. Increases occur from time to time but parents are informed in advance.
Payment for meals should be made in advance via the Parent Pay website, no arrears are tolerated and failure to have a credit account may result in your child being refused a meal. No cash can be accepted by the office.
Free School Meals
Parents may apply for Free School Meals for their child/children via an application form which can be collected directly from the School Office or the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
Healthy Packed Lunches
The school encourages the parents to comply with our healthy school practice and policy in providing a ‘healthy lunchbox’ for their child. Please see the School Office for a leaflet outling daily healthy lunchbox ideas. Children are allowed to bring packed lunches to school, but must not bring:-
Drinks in glass bottles or cans - as these are dangerous
Food wrapped in plastic bags - for suffocation reasons *Please use FOIL
Whole grapes - as these could cause choking *Please cut them in HALF
Sweets and chocolate - as these are not healthy foods
Nuts or snacks with nuts in them – as these could cause choking or be eaten by another child with a nut allergy and cause anaphylactic shock
Free milk is available for Foundation Phase pupils.
At Oak Field Primary School we encourage all children to wear school uniform to be part of the Oak Field community. Uniform can be purchased, very competitively at Ruckleys, 45 Holton Road, Barry. Payment plans can be arranged.
Black or grey trousers or skirt
Pale blue polo shirt
Black waterproof shoes
Boots or trainers
Black or grey shorts or skirt
Pale blue polo shirt
Black waterproof shoes
Blue T Shirt
How the school and parents can work together.
We believe that it is very important to develop an understanding partnership with you. We hope that you, as parents, care about our school and will support us in every possible way. We have a very successful home/school relationship achieved because of parents and teachers co-operating fully with each other.
Home/School Reading Link
Children are encouraged to read for leisure and pleasure. Parents help with this can be advantageous for the child. From an early age, children take a reading book home to enable parents to share in their reading achievements. We want parents to enjoy reading with their child, with the aim being to increase child confidence without causing anxiety. It is important for junior children to continue to read a range of reading materials regularly at home and for parents to spend a short time each night listening, encouraging and praising their child’s developing reading skills.
Consultations between parents and teachers are held twice a year - Autumn and Summer. These give you an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress. We hope that you will try and keep these appointments. However, please do not hesitate in contacting the Headteacher at other times concerning your child.
Written reports will be sent to all parents at the start of the summer term. Details of National Curriculum levels awarded to Year 2 Foundation Phase children and Year 6 junior children will be sent towards the end of the Summer term.
Oak Field strives to become a ‘paperless’ school. Information for parents/carers is communicated via the Schoop App. Download the App to your mobile phone or tablet and all information from the school administration or individual teachers will be sent directly to you. If you require any information regarding the App do not hesitate to contact the school office. Failure to download the App may result in you missing vital information. The SCHOOP ID is 7835.
We are very grateful to parents who have volunteered to come into school on a regular basis. Your support with the practical side of the curriculum is always appreciated, e.g. art and craft, Computer work, Design and Technology. This support is extremely helpful to the Class Teachers and very beneficial to the children’s learning. However, at Oak Field we take the security of our children very seriously and therefore volunteers within the school will be required to undergo a DBS check in order to ensure their suitability to be involved within the school.
* If any parent has an interesting hobby or particular skill, we would welcome a visit to the school to share/show your hobby or skill with the children.
Parent Teacher Association
We are extremely grateful to parents who help us to organise fund fundraising events for school resources and essential equipment. All the children benefit from the fund raising events, which play a very important part in the life of the school. Being part of the PTA will also increase your knowledge and understanding of school life!
Help and Support
Family Information Service (FIS) – information for families in the Vale
FIS can provide you with free information and guidance. provider
Innovation & Information Team,
Tel: 01446 704 704
(24 hour answering service available)
More information can be found via the Vale of Glamorgan Council website.bby or skill with the children.
Our School Policies
Remember that all school news and messages for parents are communicated through the SCHOOP messenger app. Download through your usual app store. The school code is available from the school.
Together, Everyone Achieves More.
Here are some links which will allow your child to work at home or share their work.
COME AND SEE OUR SCHOOL...
Chair of Governors