South End Junior School

Telephone 01933 314 611
Email schooladmin@southend-jun.northants.sch.uk

Hello and welcome to the site of South End Junior School, Rushden, Northants

Our Head Teacher - Mr Springett-McHugh

Welcome to our website; a window into our school. We hope you find all the information you need and you get a real feel for our school whether you are a parent considering us for your child, a possible future employee or if you are just having a browse. There is a lot to look at and read and please do use the links to our Facebook and Twitter pages; both of which carry our 'news as it happens'.

The South End Echo is our termly newsletter which is full of exciting updates about the previous term and what is coming up soon. You can find this under the news tab.

I am sure as you browse through the pages our motto 'Inspiring the Learning Journey' will shine through!  We are extremely proud of our Learning Environment which is evident through the photos across the website. These will give you a taster of what our school is really like however, to really experience it you need to come and visit.  We run termly 'Open sessions' for any school employee who would like to come and visit to get ideas for their own setting. These are communicated on our home page and through Facebook and Twitter!

As a parent, the website can only give so much information and for you to feel sure this is the place for your little one you are more than welcome to come and have a look for yourself. Please contact our PA, Mrs Lesley Diver who will be more than happy to book you an appointment at your convenience.

Enjoy your visit and I look forward to meeting you in person if you visit our school.
 

Mr Noel Springett-McHugh- Head Teacher

Our Associate Head Teacher- Miss Kaur

Hello and Welcome to South End Junior School. I am delighted to be part of a dedicated team who are all committed to providing the very best opportunities for all our learners.

At South End we believe that our children should not only reach their best academically, but also develop a thirst for knowledge and a love of learning.  Our children are happy learners, who work hard to reach the challenges set by their teachers. We treat all our pupils individually, developing their sense of worth and confidence and encourage unique talents to flourish in every child.

Working with parents is an essential prerequisite to helping us achieve this ambition as we believe that good strong partnerships, coupled with quality teaching and learning and high expectations at all times, will undoubtedly help pupils realise their full potentials, lead to higher levels of attainment, promote good citizenship and prepare pupils well for their future education.

Miss Gurdip Kaur- Associate Head Teacher

Our School

Our school is based on a ‘Jigsaw Puzzle’ theme, where each section of the puzzle represents a ‘Learning Hub’.

Hubs are organised as follows:


The Central Learning Hub includes Reception area, The Avenue, The Plaza, Conference Suite and Group Rooms

 


The ARTS Learning Hub includes the Arts Hub: Dance, Drama, Music and Art

Lower Hub
Year 3- Picasso, Ayres & Matisse
Year 4- Lewis, Rowling & Dahl

Upper Hub
Year 5- Da Vinci, Archimedes & Engelbart
Year 6- Galileo, Aristotle & Einstein

Houses at our School

All our staff and children belong to a ‘House’. These are named in line with our school values as follows:

Tour the School!

You can also take a tour of the school!

The Team

At South End Junior, we feel very lucky to have extremely dedicated and highly skilled teaching and support personnel. The team are very motivated and are committed to providing the best opportunities for every child and inspiring every learning journey.

 

Safeguarding & Online Safety

‘Everyone in the education service shares an objective to help keep children and young people safe by contributing to:

Providing a safe environment for children and young people to learn in education settings; and

Protecting children from maltreatment: preventing impairment of children’s health or development: ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care: and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

September 2016

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education--2

OUR COMMITMENT

South End Junior School, is committed to Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of all of its pupils and is the responsibility of all school staff, governors and volunteers.

South End Junior will therefore:

* Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure and are encouraged to talk and are listened to.

* Ensure that staff are able to identify welfare concerns and take appropriate action to address their concerns

* Ensure children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried

* Include opportunities in PHSE curriculum for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse

* Recognise that each pupil’s welfare is of paramount importance and that some children may be especially vulnerable to abuse e.g. those with special educational needs, those living in adverse circumstances eg those who witness violence.

Our Safeguarding Designated Leads are: 

Miss G Kaur- Associate Head Teacher
Mr Springett-McHugh- Head Teacher
Mrs Amy Izycky- Director of Inclusion
Mrs Lisa Gibbs- Assistant Head Teacher
Miss Claire Walker- Teaching Assistant

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE A SAFEGUARDING CONCERN

During the school day please contact Miss Kaur
Designated Safeguarding Leader
01933 314611
Email: gkaur@southend-jun.northants.sch.uk

OUT OF SCHOOL HOURS

Please contact the Multi Assessment safeguarding Hub (MASH)
0300 126 1000 

Online Safety

Online safety is an integral part of a child's SEJ learning journey and is one that wetake very seriously, due to it now being a vital, every day necessity in their lives.
The opportunities and skills that are available online for both educational and social reasons are immense; we ensure that these skills are achieved safely. Through PSHCE and computing, children are taught how to take advantage of these opportunities whilst staying safe. We use resources such as CEOP - The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre – to explore the dangers with children and teach them key rules when online to avoid such dangers. Our staff regularly share and instill Online Safety knowledge and filter this back into year groups through our budding Online Safety ambassadors.

POD Campaign
This academic year we have launched our BE SMART campaign, to kick start and refresh the children's awareness, and highlight the importance, of Online Safety. The focal point of the campaign is a hand print that displays five BE SMART, easy to digest tips for children to refer to. It is also the desktop background to all SEJ computers, (children and staff too) and can also be seen in classrooms and shared areas.

Top Ten Tips to Keep Safe Online
1. Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
2. Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online, most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
3. Keep your privacy settings as high as possible.
4. Never give out your passwords.
5. Don’t befriend people you don’t know.
6. Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do.
7. Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are.
8. Think carefully about what you say before you post something online.
9. Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude.
10. If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer, if you want to, and tell a trusted adult immediately.
 

Please click here for advice from CEOP about keeping your children safe online.

NSPCC - The Pants Rule

Please click on the link below for more information about keeping children aware and safe

NSPCC- The Pants Rule

Prevent Strategy

As part of South End Junior School's on-going safeguarding and child protection duties we are fully behind the government's Prevent Strategy.

From 1 July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the ‘Prevent Duty for Schools’.

At South End we build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling our pupils to challenge extremist views. You can read about what we do to promote British values in the relevant section of our website.

The statutory guidance refers to the importance of Prevent awareness training to equip staff to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas. All staff have also completed the online training on the Prevent Strategy.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/439598/prevent-duty-departmental-advice-v6.pdf 

http://educateagainsthate.com/parents/

 

Classes

Our school is made up of four areas which are associated with  a name and colour. The learning environment of each area also reflects  these colours on their focus walls and their furnishings.

Part of our role at South End is to prepare our children for the world we live in. More and more change and being able to cope with change plays such a main part of the lives we lead. Our children need to be adaptable and be able to mix with so many different people. One way in which we help them to do this is mixing our classes each year. This is managed by our class teachers and they ensure there remains a good mix of gender, ability and friendships in the class settings. Children will always have at least one friend with them in their new class setting.

As well as the yearly class changes we also have a very flexible approach to class teaching on a daily basis. Our key aim is to ensure children access the pitch perfect teaching they need at that time. We are very lucky in the fact we have three classes in each year group. This means children may move between maths and literacy groupings during the term. Class teachers will make these decisions as and when is required using their own professional judgement. We promote team teaching between our colleagues so children will develop their flexibility and skills in dealing with change as it will be very much part of their time at South End.

We are proud that feedback from our Secondary colleagues always praises our South End children when adapting to life in the secondary setting!

Our Year 3 classes are named after famous artists; Ayres, Matisse and Picasso

Our Year 4 classes are named after famous authors; Dahl, Lewis and Rowling

Our Year 5 classes are named after famous inventors; Archimedes, Da Vinciand Engelbart

Our Year 6 classes are named after famous scientists; Aristotle, Galileo and Einstein

(click on each class name to find out more about the famous people whose names we have chosen)

Values

We are proud of our promotion of values in everything we do. Our community live and learn by our values and we refer to these in all areas of school life.

You will see our 3 Value Circles from the minute you walk up our path! Each circle is surrounded by a range of values. We take one value at a time and focus on this for a period of two weeks. Starting with a whole school assembly to share and ensure all our children understand what it means. We share examples of how you can show and live by the chosen value. This is then followed up by adults refering to the value in lessons and during play times. Later that first week the Friday assembly is split into lower and upper hubs where the value is broken down even further for the age of the two hubs.
The following Monday we often have a visitor in to take assembly which applies our value to real life. Throughout the two weeks our value is used as a discussion point in our Plaza Cafe while our children have their lunch. The finale comes on the Friday in our 'Big Top VIP Celebration'which is a real showcase of all our achievements and especially how we have upheld our values. 

British Values

The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2015 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. At South End these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:


Democracy:
Democracy is rife within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Junior Leadership Team. The elections of our Leadership Team and nominations for Head boy and Head girl are an important part of our calendar. The Junior Leadership team not only promotes democratic processes, fostering the concept and application of freedom of speech and group action to address needs and concerns. Key to this is the concept of holding others to account, including those in positions of authority and influence. Our school behaviour policy is applied consistently across the school and School Values are firmly embedded. South End Ambassadors are employed over lunchtimes and playtimes to promote collaborative working practices, giving the children a sense of authority and independence.


The Rule of Law:
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Promotion of ‘fair play’, following and developing rules, inclusion, celebrating and rewarding success, being magnanimous in defeat and participation in activities that promote kinship and affiliation with others. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Magistrate services are parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.


Individual Liberty:
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through of provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety, PSHE and P4C lessons. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.


Mutual Respect:
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around our Values and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. This is reiterated through our daily learning routines and children are rewarded for demonstrating the school values. Children and adults alike, including visitors, are challenged if they are disrespectful in any way. Values are highly visible around the school, and are an important part of our celebration assembly. Our behaviour policy is applied consistently by all staff and is firmly embedded across the school.


Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSCHE. Our termly celebration of different festivals ensures our children are aware of other cultures within our society, other than their own. Likewise we use emerging news articles to learn about different events around the world a sand when they occur.
 

16th September 2016 - Children promoting British values (a school made video)

Pocket Guides

Please click on the name of the pocket guide to read more information about the school curriculum, the school staff structure, term dates and school values.

 

Clubs- coming soon

 

RE

 

PE

Vacancies

From time to time, we find that we have vacancies for staff or support personnel. This page will hold information concerning all currently open vacancies. If there are no documents shown below, it reflects that we have no live vacancies.