Bishop Sutton is a thriving village school, with a strong sense of community. We strive for and achieve academic excellence while providing a safe and stimulating environment for children to enjoy their learning and take part in a wide range of activities across the curriculum and beyond. Children here are encouraged to challenge themselves to take risks, becoming resilient, independent and active learners. Our teaching and learning is creative, enthusiastic, dynamic and inspires a love of learning.
We currently have 147 children on roll, made up of 5 mixed year-group classes:
Ducklings – Reception and Year 1
Herons – Year 1 and Year 2
Swans – Year 3 and Year 4
Swallows – Year 4 and Year 5
Kingfishers – Year 5 and Year 6
Classes are decided each year, as some year groups have to be split across two classes. We make the decision as to which class children will go to based on a number of factors including academic ability, emotional maturity, social groupings and relationships. Whichever class they are in, children from the same year group follow the same curriculum and we have exactly the same expectations in terms of achievement and progress. Children are placed in the class in which they are most likely to thrive.
Children are expected to wear school uniform at all times unless otherwise specified. (For example, Reception children do not wear uniform for Forest school sessions).
Uniform consists of:
- Pale blue polo shirt (plain)
- Navy blue sweatshirt or cardigan with logo
- Grey trousers, shorts, skirt or pinafore dress
- Black shoes
- Blue and white summer dress (optional)
- Navy Blue t shirt with logo
- Black shorts
- Black plimsolls
- Plain dark long-sleeved sweatshirt and tracksuit bottoms for outdoor games
- Trainers (no flashing lights) for outdoor games
Optional items also available with logos:
- PE bag
- Book bag
Logo items can be ordered directly with our named suppliers, currently Tesco, The Valley Trading Post, Chew Magna or Identity Kits, Wells. Details and order forms are available in the office.
Jewellery should not be worn due to the risk of loss or damage. If children have pierced ears, then studs should be worn to school but removed for P.E.
Children are expected to have a bag to bring their reading books and diaries back and forth each day and to take home any letters or notices – so they should be checked every day. (NB most letters are sent electronically).
- Daily Readingat home is an expectation of all children and is the most effective tool in helping them progress with all aspects of learning. We encourage this by providing a range of books at an appropriate level and appealing reading diaries for them to complete. Children in KS2 are expected to take responsibility for this as they can read and record in their diaries independently, so they will receive a sanction if they do not do this. Younger children, who rely on adults to hear them read, would not receive a sanction but parents will be asked in to discuss it if they are not reading frequently at home.
- Other Homework for YR-2 includes learning letter names and sounds and key words and home-school activities such as the cookery bag. They also have opportunities to make simple presentations (e.g. show and tell or book and tell with parents)
- Learning Logsare the main written homework tasks set for KS2 (Y3-6), replacing weekly maths and English exercises. They are set fortnightly and are designed to enable children to demonstrate a range of learning skills and pursue further the areas of work that interest them. The aim is to inspire and encourage children to take pride in their work and choose to extend their learning, so they contain a lot of choice and flexibility in how they’re presented. We will encourage high standards and regular completion through praise and celebration, rather than enforcing sanctions for those not completed as asked.
- Spellings and tables will be learned and practised through the course of the school day. Children will continue to work towards their challenges but learning set lists for weekly tests will not be a standard part of homework set.
- Children are invited to take part in a rota to make presentations to their class in a format of their choice.
- Targeted homeworkis set for children if needed. For example, if they are falling behind with their spelling or tables or any other area of maths and English. Targeted homework may also be set to provide additional challenge for high-achieving children. This is agreed in consultation with parents and takes the place of any other homework set (apart from reading).
- It is a stated aim of the policy that children in Y5/6 are prepared for the demands of secondary school. This won’t necessarily be achieved by setting more homework, but by setting frequent and varied deadlines to encourage them to take responsibility for their own homework and working to different deadlines.
- Although not formally set as homework, Maths games and online activities are available if children wish to do extra practice at home.
The school day
Gates open: 8.45am
Registration and start of school: 8.55
Gates Close: 9:00
Break time: 10.30-10.45
End of school: 3.10 (gates open at 3.05)
Parents are welcome into school and we encourage frequent and regular communication. The end of the day is the best time to catch the class teachers, as in the morning, we like all the children to come into class independently and the teachers don’t have much time to get the lessons started.
Children can either bring a packed lunch or have a hot school meal.
School meals are cooked on site at Bishop Sutton by our brilliant cook, Rose Light. Meals cost £2.40 per day. Meals are paid for at the start of the week and you can order as many days as you like – you can order for the whole term or change your order on a weekly basis.
We use an online payment system to enable payment for meals, trips etc. as easy as possible. Please ask in the office for an activation form and click here to access the service.