Holidays and Absence
We only authorise a holiday if a pupil’s attendance is above 96%. Parents and carers are asked to not take holidays in term time, but if they do, there is a process of scrutiny and approval which involves home submitting a form to us, which the Headteacher will consider, sign and return, indicating whether or not that holiday absence is authorised or not.
We feel a smart uniform can enhance our behaviour for learning. It shows that we take pride in our appearance and are proud of where we go to school both when we are in class and on educational visits. We have made our uniform comfortable and practical. It consists of dark blue jumpers and cardigans, white polo shirts, charcoal grey trousers, skirts and/or dresses. We have book bags available on site and encourage PE kit (shorts and trainers) to be kept labelled and mainly on site.
Goytre After School Club
Goytre After School Club (GASC) is situated in the Goytre Fawr Community Centre opposite the school. Mrs Joan Howells (Senior Playleader) and the staff of GASC deliver children safely to school in the morning and collect them after school or extra-curricular clubs. Whilst at GASC pupils participate in a range of activities and have light refreshments.
If you are interested in your child attending GASC please telephone Joan Howells on 07855706173.
Session Times are 7.30am – 8.50am and 3.30pm – 6.00pm.
All day sessions are also provided for Inset days and school holiday – please see the GASC website for further details – www.gasc.org.uk
FROGs (Friends of Goytre)
FROGS (Friends and Relations of Goytre School) is our version of a PTA (Parent and Teacher Association). Events are organised by a group of parents to fundraise for equipment and items to enhance the school curriculum. Recent events include:
• Daffodil Tea
• Beach Party Disco
• Grow a Pound
• The Great Goytre Bake Off
For more information see the FROGS display in the foyer or visit their Facebook page – Goytre Fawr School PTFA - FROGS. https://www.facebook.com/GoytreFawrPTFA.
Their work is vital and has led to some wonderful additions to our school and for our children in recent months and years.
Additional Learning Needs
The Governing Body believes that Additional Learning Needs (ALN) are best met by a whole school policy and that all staff should play a full role in identifying and meeting these needs. We aim to identify, assess and review pupil needs at the earliest possible opportunity.
Working in partnership is the key to effective provision for pupils with additional learning needs. This embraces the Additional Learning Needs Coordinator (ALNCo), all teaching and non-teaching staff, specialist staff, outside agencies and essentially parents and pupils. Mrs Ceri Veater is the ALNCo (Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator) for the whole school. The ALNCo meets with parents and class teachers to review IDPs (Individual Development Plan) and set new targets throughout the year. She arranges Annual Reviews of Statemented children and SpLD pupils (Specific Learning Difficulties). Liaison and partnership with parents is an essential part of this work. Mrs Jane Parker is the Governor with responsibility for Additional Learning Needs.
Children whose educational, medical or social needs necessitate a place at this particular school are given priority for admission to the school under category (ii) of the Monmouthshire County Council’s Admission Policy. When considering applications for children with disabilities, under this or other admission categories, the Governors and Headteacher need to consider whether the School is able to meet the particular physical and other needs of that pupil in the context of meeting the needs of other pupils in the School and the resources available. Health and Safety aspects form part of these considerations.
In considering the application, and during a child’s time at the school, the Governors may require additional information from a child’s parents/carers and from medical or other professionals who have been involved with the child. The School endeavours to ensure that pupils with disabilities take as full a part in everyday life as is practically possible.
Children who are looked after in placements other than their family home are fully included and supported throughout their schooling. Mr. Gough coordinates their care and monitors pupil achievement closely. Mrs. Kathryn Edwards is the Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding.
Pupils with Disabilities
We aim to make all areas of school life accessible to all and inclusive of everyone. Our site is designed and set up to maximise the inclusive movement and access of all learners. Our pupils also access our inclusive curriculum and fully participate in extra-curricular activities, wherever possible. There is something for everyone at our school. We cater for all abilities and all needs. We are fully supported by our local authority in doing so.
RE and Collective worship Club
The teaching of RE at Goytre Fawr, starts with Christianity before comparing and contrasting this with other faiths. It includes the study of Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism both in themselves and by looking at themes common to different religions. These topics may be linked to visits to local places of worship. We have strong links with our local church and have regular visitors to our assemblies Pupils are encouraged in their own exploration of the spiritual dimension of life. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of the religious education and collective worship provided.
Prior to the pandemic, we had a daily act of collective worship, which was wholly and broadly Christian, in the form of an assembly. This was a time when we gathered to reflect and often welcomed visitors from the local community e.g. religious leaders, storytellers etc. We also introduced personal and social topics, discussed values and sang. In September 2020, the school will be implementing some remote assemblies, so children can still feel that sense of community and can still have access to their act of collective worship.
Welsh Language& Cwricwlym Cymreig
We promote bilingualism by using the Welsh language across the curriculum and throughout the school day, encouraging the children to do the same. Welsh is also taught as a discrete subject throughout Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2. Each year group has specific schemes of work which enable children to progress in speaking, reading and writing in Welsh. All staff regularly receive training in Welsh as a second language and bilingualism.
Pupils are also guided to develop and apply their knowledge and understanding of the cultural, historical, economic and environmental characteristics of Wales through a variety of curriculum enrichment activities, including our annual Eisteddfod celebrations.
We have a well-established Criw Cymraeg who work hard to promote the use of Welsh outside the classroom. They organise and run a weekly assembly Hero Cymraeg celebration award. We also send a Welsh diary home with them on occasion, to encourage the use of Welsh in all spheres. We have timetabled slots, on a daily basis, that we use to develop our learner’s Welsh oracy skills, too.
Our ongoing work in Welsh around the school was recently recognized when we were awarded our Cymraeg Campus Bronze Award. We are now working our way towards our Silver Award.