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This school is a member of the Nova Education Trust.
|School Name||Firbeck Academy|
|Postal address||Firbeck Road|
|Telephone No.||0115 9155739|
|Enquiries contact name||Mrs Debbie Gorstridge|
|Name of Head of School / Principal||Mrs V Hayles|
|Name of Executive Headteacher||Mrs H Duffy|
|Name of the Chair of the Local Governing Body||Mr S Crawford|
|Name of SENDCo||Miss Z Piponides|
|Admissions arrangements (Current Academic Year)||Applying for a place in our main school|
We work with Nottingham City Council to coordinate admissions to Firbeck Academy. If you want your child to come to this school then you should apply via the City Council using their online form or by asking them for a paper form for you to complete. Please contact us directly if you would like to arrange a visit to the school before you make your decision.
Applying for a place in our Nursery
If you would like to apply for a place in our nursery please contact us, or pick up an application form from the school office.
Pupils who attend our nursery are not guaranteed to receive a place in the main school when it is time for them to move into Reception, the academy's Admission Policy will be applied at this time. All applications for a place in the main school should be made through the Local Authority at the link to the right.
|Exclusions arrangements||We reserve the right to use exclusion from school on either a fixed-term or permanent basis. Decisions to apply this sanction rest with the Executive Headteacher and Head of School. Exclusion is a serious sanction and must be reasonable and proportionate. Careful consideration must be given to the nature of the incident and full account taken of the student’s age, any special educational needs or disability they may have and any religious requirements affecting them. The indicative sanctions table indicates the type of incident that might warrant exclusion, but the list within the table is not exhaustive. Reintegration meetings should always follow a period of fixed term-exclusion.|
Information regarding exclusions is contained within our Behaviour Policy provided as a linked document.
|Percentage of pupils who've achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths||27%|
|Average progress that pupils have made in reading between KS1 and KS2||-1.9|
|Average progress that pupils have made in writing between KS1 and KS2||-3.6|
|Average progress that pupils have made in maths between KS1 and KS2||-3|
|Percentage of pupils who've achieved a higher standard in reading, writing and maths||15%|
|Pupils' average score in the reading test||101|
|Pupils' average score in the maths test||98|
DfE Performance tables
|DfE Performance Tables||Primary (key stage 2) performance in 2016|
These figures tell you about performance of pupils at this school at key stage 2 (school years 3 to 6), which are the last four years of the primary phase of education. These figures were published in December 2016 and relate to pupils who completed key stage 2 in the summer of 2016.
Parents and other members of the public can find out more about the curriculum we offer by visiting our Curriculum page.
|Name of Phonics scheme||Read, Write, Inc|
|Name of Curriculum Lead||Wendy Riley|
Values and Ethos
|Values and Ethos||Firbeck Academy is a proud and caring school, a special place where we seek to meet the best interests of the children in our care. By providing a caring ethos within an engaging and challenging curriculum, staff encourage children to enjoy learning whilst developing the skills which will support them in growing up to be caring, independent, responsible people and lifelong learners.|
As a school that serves a richly diverse community, we take our responsibility to promote community cohesion, generate a respect for difference and individual rights seriously.
|Behaviour Policy||We are committed to providing high quality education. This means promoting positive attitudes and behaviour so that students can develop their abilities and interests and achieve their full potential. |
There is an inextricable link between behaviour and achievement. It is, therefore, essential that we promote good behaviour and challenges unacceptable behaviour. This is a basic expectation that must underpin the daily work of the school.
High expectations, shared values, fair and consistent application of rewards and sanctions; combined with effective teaching, active tutoring, and early intervention are key to promoting positive behaviour and raising achievement.
Please see linked document to download a copy of our Behaviour Policy.
|Safeguarding/Child protection||The Directors of Nova Education Trust have taken the decision to adopt the Nottingham City Council Child Safeguarding Policy for all of the trust’s city schools.|
The policy reflects current legislation, accepted best practice and complies with the government guidance: Working Together to Safeguard Children April 2015 and Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2016.
|Anti-bullying policy||The aim of our anti-bullying policy is to clarify for students and staff that bullying is always unacceptable. We wish to encourage an environment where independence is celebrated and individuals can flourish without fear. Every student has the right to be safe and happy, and to be protected when feeling vulnerable.|
Our anti-bullying policy is contained within our Behaviour Policy which can be downloaded via the link.
|Health and Safety policy||Nova Education Trust has overall responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of staff and students and others affected by its activities in the Academy. Nova Education Trust recognises that decisions about workplace health and safety should take account of the views and priorities of the workforce as well as the management. |
In order to fulfill its monitoring role, and to initiate and review health and safety policies and procedures, a safety committee will be established which will make recommendations on changes and improvements. The safety committee meet termly.
Please see linked document to download a copy of our Health & Safety Policy.
|First Aid Policy||Nova Education Trust recognises its responsibility to provide adequate first aid provision as required under H&S regulations and DfE guidance. |
It will ensure that suitable arrangements are in place to comply with regulatory requirements relating to employees who are working for the Trust and students who are under the care of Trust employees or on Trust property.
Please see linked document to download a copy of our First Aid Policy.
|Complaints policy||Our complaints policy covers complaints made by pupils, parents or other external stakeholders. There are however separate appeals procedures for a parent dissatisfied with a decision regarding either the admission or the exclusion of their child and for appeals against the grade awarded to their child in an external examination. |
Nova Education Trust has separate procedures for dealing with staff complaints. These include the Grievance procedure for a complaint by an employee about the academy, the Harassment procedure for an employee complaining of bullying or intimidation, the Staff disciplinary procedure for an employee complaining about the conduct of another member of staff, the Statement of procedures for dealing with allegations of abuse against staff and the Confidential reporting/whistle blowing procedure for an allegation made in the public interest.
Please see linked document to download a copy of our Complaints Policy.
|Complaints received||Firbeck Academy has not received any formal complaints in the academic year of 2016-2017.|
|SEND Policy||We aim to provide every child with access to a broad and balanced education enabling each student to reach his or her potential. Our aim is to give all students with SEN and disabilities a high quality of education so that they can achieve educational standards appropriate to their capabilities |
Please see linked document to download a copy of our SEND Policy.
|Publication Scheme||Our publication scheme commits schools within Nova Education Trust to make information available to the public as part of its normal business activities. Please see the linked document for further information.|
|Charging and Remissions Policy||The Nova Education Trust Board of Directors recognise that as a result of the 1996 Education Act there is no statutory requirement to charge for any form of education or related activity and that charging is prohibited except in certain circumstances at the discretion of the Trust Board.|
The policy reflects DfE legislation and is subject to amendment in line with national guidance.
Please see linked document to download a copy of our Charging & Remission Policy.
|Pupil Premium Funding Allocation||Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.|
Firbeck Pupil Premium Income - 2018/19: £104,280
Firbeck Academy receives a Pupil Premium Grant for each child who is entitled to receive Free School Meals or who has been entitled over the last five years, and for any Looked After Children.
We are required to publish online information about how we intend to use the funding and how we have used the premium, with the impact that it has had. Please see the attached document to view this:
|PE and Sports Premium Funding Allocation||Please read the information below which gives details of our Sports Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.|
Firbeck Pupil Premium Income - 2017/18: £18,000
We are required to publish online information about how we have used the premium. Please see the attached document to view this:
|How we are spending the funding||This year the government have again doubled the funding that schools have received for the Sports Premium. Please refer to the linked document for how we are planning to spend the Sports Premium allocation for 2018-2019.|
Special Education Needs (SEND) Report
|SEND report for the current academic year|
Accessibility Plan for Disabled Pupils
|Accessibility Plan for Disabled Pupils||Firbeck Academy is committed to providing an environment that enables full curriculum access that values and includes all pupils, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs. We are committed to taking positive action in the spirit of the Equality Act 2010 with regard to disability and to developing a culture of inclusion, support and awareness within the academy.|
|Equality Objectives||Nova Education Trust promotes its Equality Policy through its core values of:|
Members of the trust community have the right to:
• Effective support for learning in order to success in their personal goals
• Be treated fairly in all aspects of their involvement with the trust
• Be treated with respect by all members of the trust community
• Be valued for their contribution to the life of the trust in an environment which:
• Encourages each and every person to contribute fully on an equal basis.
• Promotes a working environment that is free from discrimination, harassment
• Promotes a working environment that is supportive of Equality and that takes
sensitive, supportive and effective action if discrimination, harassment and/or
bullying is suspected.
Further information is available to download via the linked document.
|Privacy Notice for Pupil Data||We use information that we gather in relation to our pupils for various purposes. Information that we hold in relation to a pupil is known as personal data. This will include data that we obtain from pupils directly and data which we obtain from other people and organisations. We might also need to continue to hold personal data for a period of time after pupils have left the school/trust. Anything that we do with this personal data is known as processing.|
The school/trust is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses personal data and to meeting its data protection obligations.
Please see the attached document for full details.
|Data Protection Policy||This document gives information about how the schools within the trust and the trust itself manages, processes and protects data.|
|Annual accounts||Please follow the link to be taken to the relevant information.|
|Business and pecuniary interests||Further information is provided on the Nova Education Trust website. Please follow the related link.|
|Governance arrangements||Further information about our governance arrangements can be found in the trust's scheme of delegation which is provided as a linked document.|
|Trust annual report||Please follow the link to be taken to the latest Trust annual report.|
|Memorandum and Articles of Association||A copy of the Memorandum and Articles of Association for Nova Education Trust can be accessed on the Nova Education Trust website. Please follow the related link.|
|Funding Agreement||A copy of the Funding Agreement for Nova Education Trust can be accessed on the Nova Education Trust website. Please follow the related link.|
School Governor Information
|Names of Governors of the Local Governing Body||Members of the Firbeck Academy Governing Body|
Steve Crawford (Chair)
Rebecca Stokes (Vice-Chair)
Louise Nicholson (Parent Governor)
Sadia Shahid (Parent Governor)
Penny Towns (Staff Governor)
Jason Osprey (Head of School)
Helen Duffy (Executive Headteacher)
|Business Interests (Current Academic Year)||Please follow the link to be taken to the relevant information.|
|Financial Interests (Current Academic Year)||Information is contained within the Governors Register of Business Interests.|
|Governance roles in other schools (Current Academic Year)||Information is contained within the Governors Register of Business Interests.|
|Business & Financial Interests and Governance roles in other schools (Previous Academic Year)||The Business & Financial Interests and Governance roles in other schools of the school's Local Governing Body for the previous academic year are available to download here.|
|Structure and responsibilities||Further information is provided on the Nova Education Trust website which can be accessed at:|
Trust Governor Information
|Names of Trustees/Directors||Mr John Mills (Chair)|
Albert Woods OBE
Mr John Tomasevic
Mrs Janice White
Mr Richard Flewitt
Mr Michael Auty QC
Mr Brian Stein
Mr John Saunders
Mrs Melanie Lawson
Ms Lucy Barrow
Mr Robert Dowling
Mr A Stephenson
Mrs J Addison
Mr B Thomas
|Names of Members of the Academy Trust||Mr John Mills|
Mr Jonathan Sims
Professor Sarah O’Hara
Mr Nadeem Sarwar
Mr A McKee
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|Trading disclosures||Nova Education Trust|
Company Number 07635510
A PRI/LBG/NSC/(Exempt) incorporated on 16 May 2011.
Registered office address is Nova Education Trust Office (C19), The Sir Colin Campbell Building, The University Of Nottingham, Triumph Road, Nottingham, England, NG7 2TU.
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