School History and Organisation
In September 2011 a new school opened in Langley, Berkshire as part of the Government’s “Free School Initiative”. It was set up by husband and wife team, Chris and Sally Eaton, who have 25 years experience in running local independent schools and nurseries. The free school allows children to benefit from the high quality education that they have offered for decades in the independent sector.
Langley Hall understands that for children to thrive they must feel safe and secure. Therefore leaders and teachers support our most vulnerable children and families, so they can enjoy their learning.
The School’s motto, “Ad Vitam Paramus” means “We are preparing for life” and all school activities are planned and carried out with this in mind. The school leadership team believes that being prepared for life means children have certain skills and qualities:
- Having a good basic grounding in English and Maths which open doors to further learning in a wide variety of subject areas.
- Understanding and enjoying what it means to be a good citizen; taking opportunities to help groups within their local community; showing respect for their world and being compassionate towards those who have needs and are not able to help themselves.
- Being good communicators, confident, curious, sensitive, kind-hearted and having the ability to express their thought and feelings clearly.
- Being challenging of themselves and able to understand their strengths and weaknesses.
- Being motivated to learn.
- Being able to work as part of a team and to get along with others, knowing how to compromise and work out problems.
- Being able to sort information, using what is important and leaving what is not.
- Being able to engage in their learning, understanding that it reaches beyond school and is a life long experience.
- Through the school’s creative and challenging curriculum, with leaders and teachers who fully believe in this vision, children will be able to enjoy learning and flourish.
Langley Hall Primary Academy Trust ensure that all staff job roles are evaluated to ensure fair pay in each role and advertise each job with no gender bias.
Our Behaviour Policy
Statement of Principles
In fulfilling the school’s motto, to prepare children for life, there is a high importance placed on developing good relationships between everyone within the school community. Teachers model good manners for children to follow and children learn to understand how their actions affect others. The school’s positive behaviour policy is available to all parents and forms the basis for helping children to develop the skills necessary for being a valuable member of society. Our Golden Code is known to all children and displayed in the classroom. The code is simple for the children to remember:
- Be honest
- Be gentle
- Listen and work hard
- Look after property
- Be helpful
- Show respect
There is no place for violence, bullying, harassment, victimisation, vandalism, rudeness to adults, or bad language in our community and these must always be challenged. Anyone observing or experiencing bullying, harassment, victimisation or vandalism are encouraged to enlist the help of class teachers, lunchtime supervisors and Helping Hands in the school to resolve problems of this type.
Repeated occurrences will need to be noted on the child’s profile record and drawn to the attention of senior members of staff and the Head of School. Sanctions exist to protect individuals from these negative forms of behaviour. Solutions to problems of bullying, harassment and vandalism should offer opportunities to support and guide the “wrong doer” to take a more positive role within the school.
There is a disciplinary procedure that is followed at Langley Hall Primary Academy. We acknowledge that the most powerful sanction when a child has done something wrong is disapproval, either from their peers or a teacher. However, the disciplinary sanctions we may use are listed, in no particular order, below:
- Withholding of praise
- Repetition of work
- Referral to senior staff
- Withdrawal of privileges
- Staying in at break or lunch times
- Advisory letter to parents
- Weekly diary or report card
- Discussion with parents
- Isolation of pupil – extraction from class
- Internal exclusion
- Exclusion from school
A report card or weekly diary may be issued to a child if it is felt that they are behaving badly in class or not working to their full potential.
The report card or weekly diary will be taken by the child from lesson to lesson and each subject teacher will make a comment on their behaviour and work during the day. The child will bring the report card home each evening so that parents are kept informed of daily progress. It is then signed and returned to the school the next day. At the end of the week the Head of School will assess whether the report card should continue.
For most of our children, very few of these sanctions are ever necessary.
Please find our full Behaviour Policy here
Please find our Exclusion Policy here
Special Educational Needs at LHPA
Our Head of Senco & Inclusion is Michele Bradbeer.
At Langley Hall Primary Academy, we support students with learning difficulties and emotional needs to allow them to achieve their full potential. We identify barriers to learning and implement interventions to support students€™ learning and well being.
The concerns regarding students raised by members of staff or parents are further investigated by a class teacher liaising with the Head of Senco & Inclusion. We aim to identify students with additional needs as soon as possible to provide them with appropriate interventions aimed to support their learning and emotional development. Children will be observed so that the Head of Senco & Inclusion can gather information for initial and further assessment of individual children€™s needs so that the teaching and learning can be adjusted appropriately. We also liaise with outside agencies to provide the support that children require.
We believe that children should be offered full access to a broad and balanced curriculum to enable them to become valuable citizens.
We also ensure that all staff are aware of the needs of individual children and receive up-to-date information and training wherever necessary.
Children with an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP), where Langley Hall Primary Academy is named on the EHCP document, will be admitted ahead of all other applicants.
Please click here to view our Accessibility Policy & Plan
Pupil Premium Allocation
Pupil Premium Allocation 2018/19
At Langley Hall we want every child to have equal access to the curriculum and the many activities that the school offers and we are proactive in finding ways in which this can be achieved.
It is our belief that no child should be left behind. It is the responsibility of every member of staff, governors and teaching assistants to ensure that our children are given every chance to achieve.
Pupil premium funding represents a significant proportion of our school budget and this policy outlines how we will ensure it is spent to maximum effect.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools for children of statutory school age from low-income families who are known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings, to children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and to children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
From 2012-2013 this also included pupils eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure) and also looked after and adopted children.
The Government is not instructing schools how they should spend this money; it is not ring fenced and schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However we will be held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support eligible pupils. Since September 2012 we have published online information about how we used the Premium. This ensures that parents and others will be made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium and the extra support that they receive.
Use of pupil premium for 2014/2015
In 2014/2015 the level of pupil premium was £1300 per pupil known to be eligible for the disadvantaged funding (this used to be called the free school meals grant) and those who have been eligible for the disadvantaged funding in the past 6 years (known as Ever 6). For children whose parents serve in the Armed Forces pupil premium is £250 and for those who are in care, or have been in care or subject to a care order in the last 6 years, or adopted the pupil premium is £1900. In 2014/2015 13% of our children were eligible for pupil premium funding. This was 96 children. We received £124,800 for pupil premium.
Use of Pupil Premium for 2015/16
In 2015/2016 the level of pupil premium was £1320 per pupil known to be eligible for the disadvantaged funding (this used to be called the free school meals grant) and those who have been eligible for the disadvantaged funding in the past 6 years (known as Ever 6). For children whose parents serve in the Armed Forces pupil premium is £250 and for those who are in care, or have been in care or subject to a care order in the last 6 years, or adopted the pupil premium is £1900. In 2015/2016 11% of our children were eligible for pupil premium funding. This was 80 children. We received £105,600 for pupil premium.
Use of Pupil Premium for 2016/17
In 2016/17 the level of pupil premium was £1320 per pupil known to be eligible for the disadvantaged funding (this used to be called the free school meals grant) and those who have been eligible for the disadvantaged funding in the past 6 years (known as Ever 6). For children whose parents serve in the Armed Forces pupil premium is £250 and for those who are in care, or have been in care or subject to a care order in the last 6 years, or adopted the pupil premium is £1900. In 2016/17 11% of our children were eligible for pupil premium funding. There were 5 children receiving post adoptive funding – £ 9,500. There were 83 children receiving disadvantaged/Ever 6 pupil premium funding. We received £119,060 for pupil premium.
Use of Pupil Premium for 2017/18
In 2017/18 the level of pupil premium is £1320 per pupil known to be eligible for the disadvantaged funding (this used to be called the free school meals grant) and those who have been eligible for the disadvantaged funding in the past 6 years (known as Ever 6). For children whose parents serve in the Armed Forces pupil premium is £250 and for those who are in care, or have been in care or subject to a care order in the last 6 years, or adopted the pupil premium is £1900. In 2017/18 12% of our children will be eligible for pupil premium funding. There will be 5 children receiving post adoptive funding – £ 9,500. There will be 88 children receiving disadvantaged/Ever 6 pupil premium funding. We will receive £125,660 for pupil premium.
Use of Pupil Premium for 2018/19
In 2018/19 the level of pupil premium is £1320 per pupil known to be eligible for the disadvantaged funding (this used to be called the free school meals grant) and those who have been eligible for the disadvantaged funding in the past 6 years (known as Ever 6). For children whose parents serve in the Armed Forces pupil premium is £250 and for those who are in care, or have been in care or subject to a care order in the last 6 years, or adopted the pupil premium is £2300. In 2018/19 13.5% of our children will be eligible for pupil premium funding. There will be 2 children receiving post adoptive funding – £4600. There will be 66 children receiving disadvantaged/Ever 6 pupil premium funding. We will receive £126,720 for pupil premium.
Overview of the School
There are 738 pupils on roll.
98 pupils are in receipt of Pupil Premium funding
66 pupils are in receipt of Disadvantaged funding
30 pupils are in receipt of Ever6
0 pupil is LAC
2 children are adopted
0 pupils with parents serving in the Armed Forces
Charging and Remission Policy
The purpose of Langley Hall Primary Academy’s Charging & Remission policy is to ensure that there is clarity over those items which the school will provide free of charge and for those items where there may be a charge.
This policy has been informed by the DfE guidance document “Charging for School Activities” (May 2018) and compliments the school’s policies. The Executive Head will ensure that staff are familiar with and correctly apply the policy which will be reviewed by the Trustees and Governors each year. It was last reviewed in April 2020.
All tuition in the “core” subjects of Numeracy, Literacy, Reading, Humanities (Geography and History), Computing, PE and Life Skills is obviously taught during the main school day and is not subject to any charge. Langley Hall adds to these “core” subjects offering the opportunity for all children to have specialist teaching in Dance, Drama, Art, Swimming, French, Spanish, Italian, Music, Sports and Philosophy from Reception to Year 6 within the school day and offered without charge. For Swimming and French, children in Reception are also included. Children in Years 3-6 also have Drama and Art taught by specialist teachers without charge.
We run a morning and afternoon shuttle bus service between school sites and there is no charge for this. However, we also offer a home to school minibus service and if parents opt for this a charge is made.
Langley Hall believes that all children should have the opportunity to play a musical instrument. This forms our “Music for All” policy. In the 1st term of Year 1 children start violin tuition during their school Music lessons. There is no charge for this but parents are asked to purchase their child’s violin which the school is able to obtain at a heavily discounted price of approximately £85 new or £40 second hand. They will have these lessons until the child reaches the end of Year 2. At this point children in Year 3 may add a second or third instrument: cello, cornet, flute or clarinet. Langley Hall provides the tuition free of charge and the instrument also. Aditionally, children may opt for private musical tuition if they wish and for children eligible for free school meals, Langley Hall will pay half of the costs. All children learn how to play the recorder from the beginning of Year 1 and the cost of the instrument is between £6-10. Violins are provided free of charge for children whose parents are in receipt of benefits however when the parents is back in employment they are asked to purchase a violin.
Children at Langley Hall have a longer than average school day, therefore we believe that it is important that we provide children with a nutritious balanced hot cooked meal prepared in our own school kitchens in the middle of the day. For Upper School children the hot cooked meal is served in our dedicated dining room situated across the road from the school. All children will have the hot cooked meal. For children in Key Stage 1 (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) lunches are provided free of charge under the Government Universal Free School Meal entitlement and all children are expected to take part in this activity. For KS2 children the cost of lunch equates to £2.54 per day and is payable termly in advance via the school payment system. For children eligible for benefits related free school meals there is no charge. We run a fruit and milk bar at break time; this is free of charge for all Reception children with a small charge for milk for children in Years 1 and 2. A small charge to cover costs is payable for Upper School children wanting fruit or milk.
In order to fulfil the aims of our ethos and vision, we want to offer all children a rich, varied and imaginative learning experience. In order to achieve this some activities will take place off site and a small charge will be made to cover costs for those who take part. Trips may include going to the zoo, farm, theatre, planetarium, castle, museum or local park. If there is an entry fee or the need to hire a coach, parents will be asked to contribute towards the overall cost of the trip via the school payment system but may choose to absent their child from all trips if they wish. The charge will cover costs of the trip and the calculations approved by Governors annually. Occasionally we may invite a visiting theatre or music group to the school and a small charge may be made if one is incurred. For those eligible for benefits related free school meals the Governors Fund will pay half the cost of the trip. The trips for a year group are planned and costed in advance and parents may pay for all of the trips in one payment or over 7 monthly instalments.
As an all-inclusive school we ask that all children take part in trips and visits to enrich their learning experience. The main educational visit of the year is a residential trip to Rock UK Carroty Wood in Kent. We make this trip every year and we encourage every child to go as so much of the environmental learning for that term focuses on the experience gained. The youngest children (Year 1) go for one night and the older they are the longer they go for and the more they do. For example, Years 5 and 6 who opt to attend a 4 night visit, go out on a visit to Hastings or Leeds Castle and enjoy an abseiling, high ropes and archery experience. The cost of the Carroty Wood Trip is between £115 and £350 and is paid for in monthly instalments via the school payment system from between £11.50 per month and £44 per month. For parents with children eligible for benefits related free school meals, the Governor’s Fund pays half the cost. Year 6 children are also given the option of going to France.
Our children have a smart uniform which helps them to feel that they are coming to work when they enter the school building. Parts of the uniform are supplied by an independent supplier and we chose the company because they demonstrated above other companies that they could supply what we required at the cheapest price and highest quality. There is a good resale price on second hand uniform because the quality is so high. Parents are required to purchase logo items and some other specific items (i.e. coat, hat, rucksack) from the supplier but they may source other items (i.e. trousers, shirts, blouses, tracksuit bottoms, shoes) from any supplier. Langley Hall will pay half the cost of the specialist items for children eligible for benefits related free school meals, if the item cannot be supplied free of charge from our extensive second hand uniform store.
We run over 70 before and after school clubs and holiday clubs for 10 weeks of the year. Parents may opt for their children to attend some of these clubs and there will be a fee charged for this which will simply cover the costs of running the clubs. No surplus is made. Children eligible for benefits related free school meals may attend one specialist club at 50% discount.