The Claypole Church of England Primary School

Believe And Achieve: To Be The Best That We Can Be

Places available in both Key Stages - for school tours or more information, please ring 01636 626 268

The Claypole Church of England Primary School

Believe And Achieve: To Be The Best That We Can Be

Useful Information

School Timetable

Parent/Carer Involvement & Engagement in School

Jargon buster

Glossary of common education and related terminology.


Academies - Academies are independent state-funded schools. These schools have more freedom over their finances, the curriculum they teach and teachers’ pay and conditions. These schools are funded directly by central government rather than by the local authority. Some academies are sponsored and these sponsors can come from a range of backgrounds (businesses, other successful schools, universities, charities and faith bodies). Sponsors are held accountable for improving the performance of their schools.


AfL - Assessment for Learning.  From September 2009, all UK schools were expected to implement an assessment for learning program. Day-to-day assessments would include effective questioning; observations of children during teaching and while they are working; holding discussions with children; analysing work and reporting to children; conducting tests and giving quick feedback.


APP - Assessing Pupils' Progress - APP is a structured approach to periodically assessing maths, science, reading, writing and speaking and listening skills.


DfE - The Department for Education - They responsible for education and children's services in England.


EAL - English as an Additional Language - Refers to children whose first language(s) is/are not English and who may not yet be speaking English fluently or even at all. 


EBD - Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties


ESOL - English for Speakers of Other Languages or English as a Second or Other Language - If English is not your main language you can take part in a course to help you improve your English. These courses are called ESOL.


EWO - Education Welfare Officer - Person employed by the Local Authority to help parents and the LA meet their statutory obligations in relation to school attendance. 


EYFS - Early Years Foundation Stage - A framework for care and education of children from birth to five years of age.


FSM - Free School Meals


G & T - Gifted and Talented


HLTA - Higher Level Teaching Assistant


ICT - Information and Communication Technology


INSET - In-Service Education and Training - Training for teachers which takes place during the school year.


ITT - Initial Teacher Training


KS1 - Key Stage 1 - 5-7 years old


KS2 - Key Stage 2 - 7-11 years old


LA - Local Authority


LSA - Learning Support Assistant


LSP - Learning Support Plan


MFL - Modern Foreign Languages


MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulties


NQT - Newly Qualified Teacher


Ofsted - The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills is an independent organisation, which reports

directly to Parliament. Ofsted inspects and regulates services, which care for children and young people and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages. Ofsted sets out to raise standards in British schools through regular inspections.


PE - Physical Education


PPA - Planning, Preparation and Assessment Time


PSHE - Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education


QTS - Qualified Teacher Status


RE - Religious Education


SATs - Standard Attainment Tests/Tasks - National Curriculum Tests and Tasks which take place at the end of Key Stage 1 and at the end of Key Stage 2.


SEN - Special Educational Needs Provision - Support for pupils with learning difficulties.


SENDCO - Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator also referred to as SEND - Special Educational Needs & Disabilities


SLD - Severe Learning Difficulties


SLT - Senior Leadership Team


SMSC- Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development


TA- Teaching Assistant

'Still Smiling: 'A New Support Group for Parents/Carers of Children with Additional Needs

A chance to meet up with other parents/carers once a month (Friday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.) at Newark Evangelical Church, Portland Street, Newark NG24 4XD. For more information, contact Cheryl: 07810803433 or

School Nurse

The school nurses are based in Sleaford: 01529 304310 . They offer support and advice on many areas of child health.

Home School Agreement

Whole School Vision

Useful Links for Parents

BBC Parenting





Parents' Forum

Parent Line

Parents Online

Parent Talk

Reading Matters

Safe Routes to School

Walk to School

Visitor Information

Privacy Notice

Privacy Notice – Data Protection Act 1998

We at Claypole Church of England Primary School are a data controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act. We collect information from you and may receive information about you from your previous school and the Learning Records Service. We hold this personal data and use it to:


·             Support your teaching and learning;

·             Monitor and report on your progress;

·             Provide appropriate pastoral care, and

·             Assess how well your school is doing.


This information includes your contact details, national curriculum assessment results, attendance information[1] and personal characteristics such as your ethnic group, any special educational needs and relevant medical information.

We will not give information about you to anyone outside the school without your consent unless the law and our rules allow us to.

We are required by law to pass some information about you to the Local Authority and the Department for Education (DfE)
If you want to see a copy of the information about you that we hold and/or share, please contact the school office.


If you require more information about how the Local Authority (LA) and/or DfE store and use your information, then please go to the following website:


If you are unable to access these websites we can send you a copy of this information. Please contact the LA or DfE as follows:

Public Communications Unit
Department for Education
Sanctuary Buildings
Great Smith Street


Telephone:                  0370 000 2288


[1] Attendance information is not collected as part of the Censuses for the Department for Education for the following pupils / children – those aged under 4 years in Maintained schools and those in Alternative Provision and Early Years Settings.

If you would like to obtain any of the details or documentation as a paper copy, please let us know.
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