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St Bernard's Preparatory School

St. Bernard's Preparatory School has a successful, thriving Early Years Department which caters for the pre-school child. The staff provide a safe, secure, welcoming and stimulating learning environment. Children from the age of 2 years 6 months, learn through planned, well-organised and stimulating play activities which develop a broad range of skills and foster an enjoyment and love of learning. We provide a firm foundation for their future development. Within our caring environment, children are happy and confident and are encouraged to become more independent, to develop socially and adopt highly effective communication skills. Bright, colourful interactive displays and an extensive range of resources stimulate and engage the children. Highly qualified staff and a purpose built learning environment enhance the children's learning and development. The children are taught PE, Games, Music and French by specialist subject teachers. Our Early Years Team have an open door policy and parents are welcomed into school on a daily basis. There is a very strong, highly effective partnership between home and school. Our most recent ISI Inspection recognised us as outstanding in all areas.

Who to contact

Name
Mrs Carol King
Position
Registrar
Telephone
01753 521821
Email
info@stbernardsprep.org
Website
St Bernard's Preparatory School

Where to go

Name
St Bernard's Preparatory School
Address
Hawtrey Close
Slough
Berkshire
Postcode
SL1 1TB

Local Offer

Description

INTRODUCTION 

St Bernard’s Preparatory School is a Catholic co-educational day school for pupils aged from 2 ½ to 11 years. We have an outstanding Early Years Department which caters fully for the needs of the pre-school child. We have a safe, welcoming and stimulating learning environment and we provide a broad range of learning opportunities for the children. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the children are taught PE, Games, Music and French by specialist teachers. 

Our Mission Statement 

With God as our shelter and Christ as our guide, the mission of St Bernard’s Preparatory School is to educate towards love and service to God, each other and the wider community. 

Through our broad balanced curriculum we will develop an understanding of each faith and the values we share.  We will treat each person with respect, knowing we are special and unique. 

Our School Aims 

Initiate worship, celebration and prayer within the curriculum as a natural part of school life. 

To nurture a love of learning, and to develop, as fully as possible, each child’s academic potential and talents. 

To generate an understanding of the need for care and consideration for others within our community and the wider world. 

Provide a broad, balanced, challenging curriculum enriched with wider curriculum experiences and opportunities for learning; differentiated to, and appropriate to, the needs of the individual child to enable them to achieve their full potential academically, spiritually, morally, socially and physically. 

To value each child as unique and individual and made in the likeness of God, happy with the person they have become. 

How will my child’s needs be met at St Bernard’s Preparatory School? 

  • At St Bernard’s Preparatory School we offer a broad, balanced, creative curriculum. All teachers ensure that the planned work takes into consideration the individual needs of the children in their class. Class work is differentiated accordingly and teachers are skilled in the manner in which they address individual needs.
  • Individual targets are set for children and learning is personalised. Targets are reviewed regularly and are shared with the children and with parents.

How are the Governors involved with SEND and what are  their responsibilities? 

  • There is a named Governor who is responsible for SEND.  The SEND Governor meets regularly with the SENDCo to discuss SEND matters, SEND policy and SEND practice. The Governing Body takes responsibility for the strategic leadership of SEND alongside the SENDCo and Senior Leadership Team.
  • The SENDCo reports to the Governors on a regular basis.
  • The Governors monitor the implementation of the SEND policy and review the policy regularly alongside the SENDCo.

Identifying and Assessing Special Educational Needs

How will my child’s progress be monitored? 

  • We closely monitor the progress that all children make. We identify children who may need extra support or extension and act accordingly.
  • We use data to track children’s progress and this assists us in planning the ‘next steps’ for each individual child.  
  • Regular Parents Meetings, reports and our Open Door Policy mean that parents are well informed of their child’s progress.
  • We liaise with outside agencies as appropriate.

How will my child be supported?  

  • Class teachers and the SENDCo are available to discuss progress made and to plan for future learning. Areas for development are shared with both parents and children.
  • If a child needs additional support then teachers, parents and pupils will develop a plan of action based on specific targets. We follow a cycle of Assess, Plan, Do, Review in order to monitor the progress of each child.
  • The class teacher alongside the SENDCo monitors progress and plans for future learning.
  • Review meetings happen twice yearly and include parents, the child (where appropriate), teachers and other professionals.
  • For every child we measure progress against national standards. 

How are parents supported by St Bernard’s Preparatory School? 

  • The class teacher will meet with parents at least once a term to discuss  progress made and areas for development. This may include discussion about individual needs, the support given in school and guidance on how to consolidate learning at home.
  • The Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENDCo), Ms A Underwood, is always available to answer any questions. Concerns can be raised and discussed at any time. Appointments with the SENDCo can be made through the School Office. 
  • We pride ourselves on our relationships with parents and we are happy to answer any questions. If a meeting is requested we aim to arrange that meeting within 48 hours.
  • We have a very positive approach to behaviour management with clear reward systems in place .Our expectations are high and we work with the children to promote self-discipline and responsibility. 

How accessible is the school environment? 

  • St Bernard’s Preparatory School is a single storey building providing level access to most areas.
  • We have designated disabled car parking space.
  • We have a disabled toilet in the school.
  • The entrance to our school has a ramp and handlebars.

Extra Activities 

  • We are a highly inclusive school and work to ensure that every child receives the same opportunities. Every child in our school receives a well-balanced and thoroughly planned curriculum and this can include educational excursions and visits.  
  • Some children may require additional support whilst participating in an educational excursion.
  • For each trip a risk assessment is compiled and this ensures individual health and safety needs are acknowledged.  
  • In the event that it is considered unsafe for a child to take part in an activity/excursion reasons will be discussed fully with parents. 

How will my child contribute their views? 

  • Pupil voice is acknowledged and listened to. We have a School Council and an Eco-Council and the views of our children are sought through questionnaires, through discussions in assemblies and through our Spirituality Audit.
  • Children have a role in setting targets and reviewing the progress that they have made.  They are encouraged to self-reflect in lessons and to engage in discussions with their peers and adults within school.
  • We invite children to their SEND Review Meetings.
  • Children are able to talk to any member of staff within school.

What training have staff supporting children with SEND had or are currently    undergoing? 

  • All teaching staff are trained to teach children of varying abilities.
  • We have a specialist teacher who can give additional support to children if required. This specialist teaching comes at an additional cost to parents.
  • All staff are regularly updated, trained and advised in changes to SEND policy and practice.
  • Regular INSET training is provided for all staff by the SENDCo.
  • The SENDCo addresses individual training needs and mentorship of new teachers as required.

Who can I contact for further information?  

  • Your first point of contact is the child’s class teacher.
  • You may also wish to contact the SENDCo, Ms A Underwood. The SENDCo can be contacted via the School Office.
  • Our school website provides some information regarding to SEND policy and procedures.

Who should I contact if I am considering whether my child should join the school?  

  • Please contact the School Office to arrange a visit or to arrange a meeting with the Head Master or SENDCo.

 

Contact Name
Amy Underwood
Contact Telephone
01753521821
Contact Email
AUnderwood@stbernardsprep.org
Local Offer Age Bands
Primary (4-10 years)
Last Updated
29/11/2019

This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Slough Family Information Service website and Slough Borough Council cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations