Ley Hill School

  • The Headteacher
  • Ley Hill in context
  • Aims and Values
  • School ethos and code of conduct
  • Achieving full potential and ensuring inclusivity
  • The Governing Body at Ley Hill

A message from the Headteacher

Welcome to Ley Hill School and our on line prospectus.

Our school is a unique place to learn and work. It has an individual identity that is forward looking and proactive but maintains traditional values at its heart.

The children lie at the centre of all we do here at Ley Hill and they are the key to making the learning environment so successful and enjoyable. Pupils work in discursive classroom environments where all ideas are valued and discussed. Children are expected to work in co-operation and to be supportive of one another. The staff team bring a high degree of professionalism and experience and we work tirelessly to construct and promote a healthy lifelong learning culture. We are committed to a strong ethos of educating the whole child.

At Ley Hill we see successful education as a result of strong and open relationships between school and families. We set high expectations for all in terms of academic progress, learning behaviour and engagement in the school provision. These expectations enable pupils to learn that self-discipline and self-motivation are essential to success in all we undertake in life.

Through this approach we strive to ensure that we develop confident, happy, independent and responsible citizens of the future.

This prospectus provides a picture of life at Ley Hill and outlines the excellent provision we offer to children as they progress on their learning journey from Nursery to Year 6.

If you require further information or would like to make an appointment to visit and see the school and its ethos in action please contact us. I look forward to welcoming you to Ley Hill and showing you around.

Ley Hill in context

Ley Hill is a Community Primary School for children between 3 and 11 years old. It has an excellent early years provision where children are 'given a flying start' - (OFSTED March 2008). The pupils continue to make good progress through the school and leave with great confidence and potential to continue their learning journey. Ley Hill serves a semi rural community and offers a first class education to all who attend. The school site stretches back from the entrance where you will find extensive grounds and teaching accommodation both internal and external. We benefit from having a lottery funded nature reserve close by which is used by the school and the local community.

All this amounts to an inspiring and safe environment where our children learn, develop and achieve.

To view the most recent OFSTED report please follow the link below

Ley Hill School Aims and Values

Here at Ley Hill the pupils, staff, families and governors are aiming to:

Create, maintain and develop a calm, purposeful learning environment for all members of the school community.

Provide as many opportunities as possible for young people and staff to achieve their full potential and to discover new interests, skills and talents.

Enable all to be safe, happy and productive through positive leadership reflecting core values of care, respect and support.

Provide a stimulating working environment and developing curriculum which encourages lifelong learning and produces confident, interested and interesting young people.

Promote a non sexist, non racist and non elitist working environment for all members of our community ensuring equality of opportunity for all.

Ensure pupils' achievement through the setting of high expectations in terms of behaviour and engagement in all aspects of the curriculum.

Federate wherever possible with other schools to share and develop the best learning and teaching possible.

Work in close positive partnership with families to ensure our young people are prepared for life in the 21st Century.

School ethos and code of conduct

Through cooperation between families and school we have developed a good working model for ensuring excellent standards of behaviour both in and out of the classroom. The children in the form of the School Council have been directly involved with this development. The basis of the code of conduct is that everyone has the right to feel safe, happy and confident in our school.
  • We are always polite and thoughtful

  • We listen and consider each other's feelings

  • We do not hit back but tell an adult

  • We value, support and celebrate each others' achievements

  • We work hard and are determined

  • We don't say, "I can't do it!", we say, "I can't do it - yet!"

  • We respect all adults, each other, the schools' buildings and property

  • We do not tolerate any form of bullying including abusive behaviour and language, racist, homophobic or sexist insults.

  • We are sensible, friendly, truthful and caring

  • We play fairly and cooperatively together

  • If you have a bad day, then remember: Own up, make amends and resolve to do better tomorrow

Achieving full potential and ensuring inclusivity

Ley Hill is proud to be an inclusive school. Meeting the diverse needs of all our pupils is given the highest priority. We have a deep belief that all pupils have the potential and capacity to succeed and flourish. Our aim is to have young people at the end of Year 6 who are ready for, confident of and eagerly anticipating the move to secondary education.

We actively monitor the progress pupils are making and set meaningful and achievable next steps for them. Pupils are part of this process and our record of high academic achievement is a testament to this.

The school has an inclusive approach in meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and we welcome pupils who may need additional support with their learning. This is provided in the classroom as well as involving outside agencies, such as speech and language or occupational therapy, in this package of support.

We work closely with all families to ensure that the pupils are well supported, challenged and make good progress.

Governor Footprint

Governors play a key role in the leadership of the school; we take our role seriously and are active participants in the debates and decisions that shape the future of the school.

The Governing Body
Ley Hill School's Governing Body is made up of four elements - school staff, parents, local authority representatives and volunteers drawn from the local community. Together, we support the school's staff and pupils, oversee the development of the School, determine its ethos and targets, monitor decisions have the desired effect and identify priorities for development. We are always conscious of the role the school has locally and forge links with community stakeholders to mutual benefit.

Governors give their time voluntarily and do so out of commitment to LHS and to educational standards. As a Governing Body, Governors attend Full Governing Body meetings, sit on various committees, visit the school and attend events, help in classrooms, and have specific areas of responsibility. Agreed minutes are open to scrutiny and interested parties are welcome to consult the Governing Body either in writing or in person.

Safeguarding remains of paramount concern and importance to all Governors. The Chairman is specifically linked to this area and meets the Headteacher, who is the Designated Safeguarding Leader, on a regular basis to discuss systems and procedures. There is an extensive annual audit and the Single Central Register is monitored by the Chairman and subject to random inspection. This is regularly reported to the Governing Body and as a result, Governors are confident that children's welfare and safeguarding is given the highest priority.

OFSTED, Curriculum, Teaching & Learning And Linked Governors
The Governing Body drives the school improvement agenda by closely monitoring and evaluating the impact of actions being taken to address the key issues identified for improvement from Ofsted and Buckinghamshire County Council reports. Linked Governors work with core subject leaders and senior leaders to discuss progress towards the school's improvement priorities. This allows governors to both challenge and support the staff team.

Link Governor Reports are completed and reported back to the Governing Body. School visits provide a valuable opportunity to question and help Governors fulfil a core function of holding the Headteacher and senior leaders to account for the performance and progress of pupils.

Developments in the National Curriculum are monitored and discussed in detail by the Teaching & Learning Committee. This committee also reviews and discusses the school's education tools (reading schemes, spelling tests, learning programmes, SEN provision, &c) and school trips and residential visits. T&L also scrutinises the school's education results, benchmarking, checking progress, &c as a whole and also within specific educational groups.

Resources & Finance
The Governing Body and in particular the Resources Committee oversee the financial performance of the school, ensuring its expenditure meets best value and value for money principles.

Governors meet on a regular basis with the School Business Manager to monitor budgets and finances. The Chairman of the Resources Committee has an extensive financial background which supports both the school and the Governing Body. The Resources Committee ensures the school's funding is put to good use and creates a school budget which reflects a balanced and sustainable budget to ensure the needs of pupils on roll are met, pupils' progress and achievement are raised, the gap for pupil premium pupils is narrowed and SEN pupils are fully supported.

The committee carries out the School Financial Value Standard (SFVS) following the prescribed timetable, ensures all financial regulations are met, monitors and annually updates the Management Section of the School Improvement Plan and identifies priorities for improvement and maintenance of staffing, premises and resources.

Premises, Health & Safety
Health & Safety remains a key activity for the Governing Body. The Premises, Health & Safety Committee meets regularly and is supported by the School Business Manager. Several Governors, with specific training, support the school on health and safety procedures, including annual full-site inspections. All external body inspections are reported to the Governing Body. Concerns or issues are discussed with the Headteacher and School Business Manager. When necessary, matters are referred to Buckinghamshire County Council. As a result the school is a safe place for pupils to learn and staff to work.

Governors are given detailed reports three times a year by the Headteacher as well as regular updates throughout the year. The senior leadership team and core subject leaders also update the GB. The Headteacher and GB Chairman meet regularly to discuss school matters and the Chairman or the whole GB is copied into pertinent staff communication. Governors are invited to and attend as many school events and functions as possible. They look forward to these visits immensely as they contribute to the whole picture of this busy and happy school. Governors spend a day in school each year, visiting various lessons, lunching with the staff, spending time in the playground with pupils and enjoying a whole school assembly.

Headteacher's Appraisal
The Governing Body agrees the Headteacher's appraisal annually, with assistance from an independent educational advisor. Different sources of information, school visits, reports, data analysis, &c, enable us to ensure that conclusions drawn from various sources are correct.

This appraisal process allows us to look closely at the performance of the Headteacher and have valuable discussions about areas of strength and areas for development. We set several targets against which the Headteacher's performance is evaluated.

The Governing Body and Headteacher understand and agree the areas for development, so the quality of provision in the school is enhanced. This also enables Governors to challenge the Headteacher and identify how best practice within the school is being shared for the whole school's benefit and how weaknesses are being addressed.

All members of the Governing Body receive training in best practice and new initiatives, allowing us to best support the school in working towards its priorities. A record is maintained. The Governing Body works to keep abreast of its responsibilities with regard to the latest requirements and expectations, and to ensure it has the knowledge to challenge and scrutinise the school's senior leadership team.

Governor Details
Governor details including terms of office and roles and responsibilities are now published on the school website in line with national requirements. The Governor's declaration of Business and Pecuniary interests is kept by the Clerk to the Governors and the register is published on the school website. Download it here. Meeting attendance and minutes can be requested from the school office.

If you should like to bring anything to our attention, please do so via the contact page of the website or the school office, marking the message for attention of the Governing Body.

Eleanor Garth - Chairman, Ley Hill School Governing Body