Our School Organisation
From September 2014 our school will be divided into 4 phases.
Foundation Stage (FS) - Nursery & Reception
Key Stage 1 (KS1) - Years 1 & 2
Lower Key Stage 2 (LKS2) - Years 3 & 4
Upper Key Stage 2 - Years 5 & 6
These groups are used for internal administration and so that staff can plan effectively together.
In terms of curriculum delivery the classes fall into the following groups:
Nursery Class (Foundation Stage 1)
The Nursery can take up to 26 children who will be 4 years of age in that school year. Birmingham has recently changed its policy on offering full-time Nursery places in line with Government legislation. At Holy Trinity C.E. Primary Academy we believe that it is very important to offer full-time places as this is what we believe to be educationally sound for the children and also is fulfilling the needs of parents in our community. The Local Authority has only agreed to fund part-time places and allow schools tocharge for additional hours beyond the 15 hour part time funded places. The Governing Body has tried to support children by applying for full time funding where children fit certain criteria or fund full time places themselves. The Governing Body will continue to offer full time places in future academic years in the hope that the majority of chldren will qualify for full time funding. Those children who do not qualify for full time funding will need to make a contribution of £40 per week to cover the additional hours and the cost of a lunchtime meal and any tuck that is provided at break times. Children are offered a Nursery place on the understanding that they will stay in school for a school dinner. The Nursery is staffed with one full-time teacher and one full-time Teaching Assistant. Places must be applied for in writing and are now offered in April for the following September.
The Nursery classroom is a purpose built unit, divided into several small areas. The class has its own toilets and cloakroom, it has its own secure playground area and garden.
Children in the Nursery are very much a part of the Main School and we like to think that it is the starting point for their school career in Holy Trinity Primary Acaddemy. The Nursery and Reception classes work very closely together to form the Foundation Stage in school. The Nursery class takes full part in all school activities including assemblies, Hymn Praise, Student Council and all relevant areas of the curriculum.
Reception Class (Foundation Stage 2)
Children are admitted to the Reception Class in the school year in which they are 5 years old. The Reception Class is staffed with one full-time teacher and one full-time Teaching Assistant. The Reception classroom is made up of 2 classrooms opened up into one large open room divided into four main areas. The toilets and cloakroom are very close by. During morning playtimes and at dinnertimes Reception children play in the Infant playground with Year 1 and Year 2 children. They also have their 'own' playground for afternoon play where they can share outdoor resources with the Nursery.
Applications for a place in the Reception class are dealt with centrally through the local authority. ALL parents must apply for a Reception place, even those parents whose children have been members of our Nursery Class.
Key Stage 1 — Years 1 and 2
Lower Key Stage 2 — Years 3 and 4
Upper Key Stage 2 — Years 5 and 6
We aim to have a maximum number of 30 children in these classes. Each class has a full- time teacher and in Y1 and Y2 there is also a full-time Teaching Assistant. This year we are aiming to have one full-time Teaching Assistant in each of the Key Stage 2 classes.
All year groups will be taught in age-specific classes.