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Brief history of our school
Holy Trinity Church of England School was dedicated in 1836 and occupied the original building on Trinity Lane. The Junior School building was opened in 1969, a short walk from the original site, where our key stage 2 children are currently taught. Both buildings are situated on the western side of the cathedral city of Ripon and within walking distance of the centre.
Early years and key stage 1 currently occupy the original site which consists of a large nursery classroom with its own cloakroom and outdoor space. There are two reception classes in their own block with a cloakroom and an outdoor learning area. There are four further classrooms with cloakroom facilities in the main building where Y1 & Y2 are taught.
There is a hall in the main school building which is used for collective worship and PE and the school has a separate dining hall.
We have access to a grassed area at the back of school for quiet activities and sport and use of the field on the key stage 2 site for larger events such as sports day.
The key stage 2 site includes nine large, well-equipped classrooms, most with their own cloakroom facilities. The hall is central to the school. A new school library was created as a millennium project and funding from the Friends of Holy Trinity group helps us to keep the facility up to date. During 2003 a new extension including an additional classroom and disabled facilities was completed. One outside classroom is used as an additional teaching space, having recently undergone significant refurbishment, whilst another is used by various professionals employed by the North Yorkshire County Council. The school is surrounded by playgrounds, a large, attractive field, a woodland area and pond.
Visiting Our Schools
Parents are very welcome in school. We actively encourage parent helpers and value their support on school trips. Teachers are happy to speak to parents and are usually available before and after school. Please, be aware, however, that they teach full-time and that sometimes they have meetings after school. All staff can be found in the playground at each end of the school day on Fridays.
The headteacher is happy to see parents during the day but it is helpful if you can make an appointment in advance. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you are concerned about any aspect of your child’s education.
Following changes to legislation in January 2016 there is no longer a requirement for schools to publish home/school agreements. We value our relationship with parents and the community and as such we endeavour to build positive relationships between home and school, with the children's outcomes central to this.
Parents are reminded that they have a legal responsibility for ensuring that their children attend school full-time. Any absence, whether for illness or other reasons, should be explained in writing or by telephone to the school office. With children's safety in mind, any unexplained absences are followed up on the first day.
Ideally, medicines should be administered by parents at home. However, where prescription medicines need to be administered during school hours (where prescribed 4 times a day), parents should complete a medication form available from the school office or the ‘Forms’ page of our website. Medicines should be clearly labelled by the pharmacist, with the child’s name and the dosage required. Only qualified first-aiders will administer medication, though it is pointed out that it does not form part of their contract and they do not take any medical responsibility.
The school maintains an asthma register. Every classroom has a recognised place where children may store their inhalers. If your child is registered asthmatic they must have an appropriate inhaler in school.
Most members of support staff are trained in first aid and will deal with accidents as far as they are permitted. Parents will be contacted should more serious incidents occur or if a child is unwell.
Travel to school
A bus service operates each morning and afternoon between Clotherholme Road and Church Lane. This is run independently of the school and is a public service bus for which there is a charge.
The roads outside the schools can become extremely congested with traffic. Wherever possible, parents should bring children to school on foot. Please help us to keep your children safe and respect the parking restrictions on the road and keep the bus bay clear. The school car parks should not be used to drop off or collect children, however permission can be arranged for parents and pupils who have a disability or where special circumstances apply. Please contact the school for more information.
Pupils in key stage 2, whose parents give permission, may cycle to and from school or travel on scooters. There are cycle racks located in the front playground where bikes and scooters can be stored (please supply a lock and note that bicycles and scooters are left at the owner's risk. The school can accept no responsibility for loss or damage howsoever caused). We strongly suggest that parents consider their children's competency on bikes and scooters as well as their road sense before giving permission. We would like to see every child wearing a helmet please.
All parents automatically become members of the Friends’ Association, who meet regularly to organise events. Some events are mainly social but many raise funds towards specific projects or items for the school. Information regarding meetings can be obtained from the school office. All parents are always welcome.
The school supports a number of charities throughout the year and both children and parents are generous in their support. We try to spread this out across the year and include some of the national events such as comic relief. We always try to give at least two weeks notice of events where children are required to dress up and we also send reminders by text/the school app.
School uniform is of considerable benefit in helping to maintain the general standards and positive image of the school. We ask, therefore, that all parents support the policy and encourage their children to wear the correct school uniform.
The uniform is as follows:
Red sweatshirt or cardigan with white or red collared t-shirt; dark grey/black skirt, pinafore, trousers or shorts; white/grey socks or red/grey tights; black traditional shoes.
In warm weather, red and white checked summer dresses may be worn.
All uniform can be purchased from:
Ripon Uniform Shop (tel. 01765 692233) who stock sweatshirts, cardigans and t-shirts (polo shirts) with the school name & logo on, though plain red tops are fine. Children should not wear tops with writing on, other than the school logo.
Shoes can be laced, buckled or velcro but should only have a small heel. Children who play football at break or lunchtime and whose parents so wish, can bring a pair of trainers to change into, but must change back into shoes for indoors.
For PE, children should have black shorts and a plain t-shirt in the colour of their school 'house' : Brimham (blue), Fountains (red), Studley (green) and Newby (yellow). PE kit is best stored in a draw-string PE bag. Children should not wear football shirts for PE although they may wear them for outdoor games. A pair of trainers is needed for outdoor games. Early Years Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 pupils will need black plimsolls.
It is also advisable that during the Winter months, children have warm clothing to wear including tracksuit bottoms or leggings and a hoodie or sweatshirt. A spare pair of socks is also recommended.
Clothing MUST be clearly named please as this will enable us to return lost property to the correct child.
It is school policy that children should not wear any jewellery in school, with the exception of watches and ear studs. For safety reasons, children should not wear rings, bracelets, necklaces or hooped earrings. Children with pierced ears are permitted to wear one small stud in each ear, though these must be removed for any physical activity. Parents considering allowing children to have their ears pierced should ensure this is done at the start of the summer holiday to allow time for healing. Make-up and nail varnish are not permitted.
The school encourages children to look after their own and other people’s property. Articles of clothing MUST be clearly and permanently named, including footwear.
The school has a lost property cupboard, which both pupils and parents can look through on request. This is cleared out on a termly basis and un-named property donated to charity.
Children should not bring any toys or games into school unless specifically requested, as items could be lost or damaged and are often a distraction. Similarly, items of any personal or financial value should be left at home. Pupils are not permitted to bring mobile phones to school, unless this is for use on the way to and from home. In these cases, all phones should be handed in to the office at the beginning of the day and collected after the bell at the end of school. All phones should be clearly named and are left at the owner’s risk. The school can accept no responsibility for loss or damage howsoever caused.
Behaviour, Rewards, Sanctions
(Please see RESPECT Code & Sanctions )
We believe that children grow in confidence when they receive praise and recognition for their efforts and achievements. We also believe that children should support and encourage each other. Our rewards system aims to fulfil these objectives.
On entering the school all children are placed in one of four House teams – Brimham, Fountains, Newby or Studley. Children are encouraged to work towards the RESPECT Code and are rewarded for doing so.
We recognise and reward good behaviour and believe that this will develop an ethos of kindness and co-operation. We praise and reward in a variety of ways, including in early years/key stage 1:
- Congratulating children
- Rewarding with stickers, pom-poms for the House-Point Scheme
- Celebration assembly (children from each class recognised and celebrated for excellent achievement or exemplary behaviour)
- Regular communication with parents about incidents of good behaviour
As the children progress through the key stages, systems introduced include Y3 and Y4 children receiving Trinity Ticks which lead to certificates celebrating their achievements. Y5 and Y6 children have a more varied rewards system leading to bronze, silver and gold badges, as rewards for their work and behaviour. House events are used to positively promote cohesive and caring relationships and behaviours.
We expect high standards of behaviour and self discipline from children both in school and on educational visits. We also expect children to show respect for others and to be aware that the school is a community with an accepted code of conduct. Where children fall short of our standards they are encouraged to examine their own behaviour and to apologise. When behaviour falls below our expectations the sanction stages are referred to.
More serious or repeated incidents are passed to senior members of staff. If a child’s behaviour gives cause for concern, parents will be contacted and involved. In extreme cases the school has a policy for exclusion and such cases will be referred to the governing body in accordance with Local Authority guidelines.
We aim to provide an environment in which children feel safe, valued and happy and in which they can thrive.
Care of individual children rests in the first instance with class teachers who should be approached by parents if there is concern over work or relationships. The Headteacher is also happy to see parents if they have particular worries or if there have been changes in home circumstances.
The school has policies for dealing with incidents of bullying or racism, and actively discourages all forms of verbal or physical harassment. If you feel that your child is being bullied or is worried about coming to school, please contact us immediately so that we can take action.
Mrs Ireland, our pastoral lead is available in person, by phone and email - please see SENCO on the contact page of the website or Click Here
We believe that most issues can be resolved informally through discussion with class teachers or the headteacher.
The school has a formal procedure for complaints about the curriculum and also for more general issues. This may involve the governors or the local education authority in certain instances. A copy of the complaints procedure is available via the Policies page of the website.