About the School

st-martins-primary-schoolThe school is set in the middle of the parish of St Martins in the SE corner of Guernsey. The original grey granite part of the building dates back to 1901and has been added to over the years. The school is in excellent condition, highly fit for purpose and has all parts of the building linked under one roof.

The school is 3 form entry and approximately 500 children aged between 4 and 11 are on role. Each year group has three classes and these are grouped together and have their own area and entrance.

We have our own swimming pool, music drama room, ICT suites and gym. Our outdoor sports facilities are excellent; we have 2 large fields and an all weather pitch. Our 21 classrooms are well proportioned and each has an interactive white board. The ‘discovery room’ is packed with electronic devices to facilitate learning using the latest technology.

We offer a broad curriculum that promotes creativity and independent learning. Learning activities are personalised to meet the needs of the individual child. We are proud of the high standards we achieve in literacy and numeracy and of the excellent way our pupils behave.

Our Vision

  • Ensure that all members of the school community feel safe, valued and included. Promote physical and mental well-being and the belief that we can all grow and develop through our own efforts.
  • Sustain and improve our excellent standards across the curriculum through high quality teaching and learning.
  • Provide a joyous and purposeful curriculum that enables children to develop skills in critical thinking , team work, creativity, reflection, independence and resilience. Ensure this curriculum embraces diversity and provides rich opportunities for learning outside of the classroom.
  • Develop digital competency, communication and numeracy in a wide range of age appropriate and meaningful contexts.
  • Ensure that pupils are active and enjoy physical activity and outdoor learning.
  • Maintain our strong links outside of the school through active engagement with all parents/carers and the wider community.
  • Sustain and develop whole school self-evaluation and critical reflection to promote good practice. Ensure that the pupil voice, the views of parents, staff and the wider community are included in that process.

Our Policies

curriculum-libraryAt St Martin`s Primary School, we believe that learning and teaching are interactive. We are determined to teach children how to learn to learn in order to become independent learners and develop skills for life-long learning. We believe children learn better when they are excited and engaged through excellent teaching which challenges them and shows them what they can do; learning that develops and stretches them, and excites their imagination. Our school provides a richness of learning, by learning different things but also learning in different ways, and we ensure that all of the learning is of high quality which is planned and managed so that every child is supported and challenged. We believe in developing a strong partnership with parents/carers to ensure that learning outside of our school thrives.

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At St. Martins Primary School we recognize the importance of a positive approach to the behaviour of pupils in school. We believe that good behaviour and high self-esteem are significant factors in helping children to succeed and in raising academic standards. The essence of good behaviour is consideration and respect for others and the environment.

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At St Martins Primary School, we see links between home and school as a vital part of learning.

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This collective worship policy follows the guidance of Policy and Practice for School Worship (February 2004) published by the Guernsey Standing Advisory Council of Religious Education.

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We aim to provide a learning environment, indoors and outdoors, that encourages a positive attitude to learning through rich and stimulating experiences and by ensuring each child feels included. We aim to use materials, equipment and displays that reflect the community the children come from and the wider world. We encourage children to make choices and develop independence by having equipment and materials readily available and well organised. We try to provide resources that inspire children and encourage them to initiate their own learning. We interact and support children in a way that positively affects their attitude to learning.

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We aim to support, structure, mediate and scaffold childrens learning by helping them to address the gap between what they already know, understand or can do at a given moment and what they will want or need to know, understand or be able to do in the future. We aim to help children to bridge that gap themselves by giving effective verbal feedback and by making written comments count. Our aim is to involve children as far as possible in the analysis and constructive criticism of their own work. Children should continually self-evaluate so that reflection, pride in success, modification and improvement becomes a natural part of their learning process.

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PURPOSE: To provide the framework for the organization and administration of the arrangements for health, safety and welfare in an Education Department maintained school.

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St Martin’s Primary School believes that: ‘….emotional health and well being is fundamental for success.’

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To protect the child at all times and to give all staff involved clear, unambiguous guidance as to their legal and professional roles and to ensure good practice throughout the school which is understood by children, parents/carers and staff.

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All teachers at St. Martins Primary are aware of the importance of identifying and providing for pupils with Special Educational Needs. All pupils have individual needs, and may have special needs in varying degrees and at different times during their school life. All pupils have the right to a broad, balanced, relevant curriculum to achieve their maximum potential.

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Children and young people need to eat a varied and balanced diet for their concentration and performance at school, their health, growth and development, their resistance to illness and to develop a healthy lifestyle to last into adulthood. A poorly balanced diet can lead to obesity, dental decay, poor resistance to infection, anaemia, and in later life coronary heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis. Our aim is to give our pupils clear, consistent and positive messages about food, thereby encouraging them to make healthy food choices both in and outside school, now and in the future.

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Attendance

An absence is explained either through a letter to the class teacher or a telephone call to the School Secretary.

Absence

Wherever possible, please avoid taking holidays during term time.
If your child is away from school please call the school and let us know as soon as possible Tel: 756 060

Absence for holidays

5 days or less: write and ask permission from the Head Teacher
More than 5 days: write and ask permission from the Director of Education

At St Martin’s Primary School, we are aware that pupils may be bullied in any school or setting, and recognise that preventing, raising awareness and consistently responding to any cases of bullying should be a priority to ensure the safety and well-being of our pupils.

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St Martin’s Primary School aims to be a fully inclusive school. Our school values the individuality of all of our children, staff and parents/carers, and treats everyone with respect and in a fair and just manner. We understand and value diversity, and challenge discrimination.

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