September 2021 Intake Information

Welcome to Poplar Farm School!
 
Thank you for taking an interest in our wonderful school. We would love to be able to show you around to help you decide if we are the school for your child, but due to the current pandemic this is not possible.
 
However, we have a fabulous video tour of our school to share with you. The video shows you the many areas in our school: classrooms; library; The Nest; sensory room; hall; food science room and our many outdoor learning spaces.
 
 
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To apply for a place for Reception starters September 2021, please use the Lincolnshire County Council admissions website.
 
 
Primary school admissions open on 16 November 2020 and close 15 January 2021.
 
 
If you have any further questions about our school, please send us an email - enquiries@poplarfarmsch-cit.co.uk or give us a call on 01476 850680.
 
 
Frequently asked questions
 
Do you do a lot of outdoor learning and activities? If so, does this continue throughout the school years as well as reception?
 
We love to embrace the outdoors. The Reception children have access to a fantastic outdoor play area throughout their day as it attaches straight on the their classrooms. We are also developing a sensory garden on our school field, which includes a fire pit for children of all ages to use.

 

What is the usual daily routine? Start time, finish time, break times, etc?

A plan of our school day can be seen on the school website via the following link: https://poplarfarm.eschools.co.uk/website/the_school_day/363323

 

Is religion or religious studies prominent in the school?

We follow the Lincolnshire agreed syllabus for our RE curriculum. Our religious education policy can be found on our school website via the following link:  https://poplarfarm.eschools.co.uk/website/policies/283963

 

If a child has a toileting accident are staff able to help them clean and change themselves if needed? 

Our intimate care policy can be found via the following link: https://poplarfarm.eschools.co.uk/website/policies/283963

 

How do you settle children if they get lost or seem unhappy?

We have a high ratio of staff:children some of the time, as well as a dedicated pastoral TA, who works in The Nest. https://www.poplarfarmsch-cit.co.uk/website/the_nest/504868

 

What’s the usual child-to-staff ratio?

School works on a 1:30 ratio however we are lucky to have TA support meaning these ratios are lowered a portion of the time. 

 

What’s the school lunch like? And is there a packed-lunch policy?

We are very lucky to have an on-site school chef who prepares a variety of healthy meals for the children taking in to account a balance of meat free and vegetarian options. We do have a no packed lunch policy for children in Reception to Y2 as all children are entitled to a free school meal and we are able to offer such a variety. We also find that our family dining style aids more fussy eaters in making confident choices in selecting their own food. https://www.poplarfarmsch-cit.co.uk/website/school_dinners/427683

 

What are the lunchtime arrangements?

On a usual school day the children eat together in the school hall and we follow a "Family Dining" routine. This means the food is served on platters and the children are encouraged to serve themselves. Currently this is not possible due to Covid-19 and we have had to adapt this slightly meaning some children are eating in their classroom to avoid crossing bubbles. 

 

Are there clubs - before and/or after school?

We were holding before and after school clubs as well as lunch time clubs, however these are not currently going ahead due to Covid-19. We hope to re-instate these as soon as guidance allows it.

 

How does the school deal with bullying?

Our anti-bullying policy can be found on our school website via the following link: https://poplarfarm.eschools.co.uk/website/policies/283963

 

How do you support high or low achievers?

We monitor closely, hold interventions and communicate openly with parents in both cases. Our gifted and talented policy can be found via the following link: https://poplarfarm.eschools.co.uk/website/policies/283963

 

How does the school communicate with parents and involve them in the life of the school?

We communicate with weekly newsletters and regular school updates via an app called ParentHub. We also use an app called Class Dojo to update parents with current learning including videos and photos of the children enjoying their time in class.

 

In Reception, what proportion of the day is available for free-flow, independent learning?

In reception we use a system call Plan Do Review. This gives the children a chance to choose which area they would like to learn in at various points in the day. They select their name and place it in whichever area they want to use and make an alternative choice if particular areas are already full. This includes the outdoor area which is attached to the classrooms allowing them to free flow in and out as the day goes on.

 

What is your behaviour management policy?

This can be found on the school website via the following link: https://www.poplarfarmsch-cit.co.uk/website/policies/283963

 

What are the safeguarding arrangements in school?

Our Head teacher Mrs Hodson is safeguarding lead and there are two deputy safeguarding leads on site also, Mrs Thorpe and Miss Bowden. More information is available on the safeguarding website page. https://www.poplarfarmsch-cit.co.uk/website/safeguarding/432197

 

How many children are there in the class?

There is a maximum of 30 children per class

 

What style of learning is used?

We deliver an enriched curriculum – topic based and supported by rich literacy texts and underpinned by the Unicef rights of a child.

 

Is Year 1 separate to reception?

Each year group is separate and we have two classes per year group.

 

What sort of outdoor space do you have and are the grounds secure?

Hopefully you have been able to see some of the outdoor space via the virtual tour. We have a large field and playground and a separate outdoor area for reception which they access throughout the day as an extension of the classroom.

 

What is your Ofsted rating?

We do not have an Ofsted rating as yet as we only opened in 2018 so are awaiting our first inspection.

 

Do you have breakfast and after school clubs?

We currently use a company called Brightstars for breakfast and after school club. They open at 7:30am and close at 5:50pm.