Statutory School Information
Interim Executive Headteacher: Mrs Louise Probets
Interim Joint Heads of School: Mrs Gemma McManus and Mr Jack Conway
Chair of Governors: Mrs Alison Russell (Can be contacted via the school office)
Administration and Premises Manager: Mrs Kate Banks
Address: Croft Church of England Primary School, South Parade, Croft on Tees, Darlington, DL2 2SP
Telephone: 01325 720528
Website contact form: Contact Us
Please contact Mrs Banks if you have any questions or queries.
Croft Church of England Primary School is part of the Dales Academies Trust.
Address: Dales Academies Trust, Blair Avenue, Ingleby Barwick, Stockton n Tees, TS17 5BL
Telephone: 03301 242618
CEO: Mr Damian Chubb
Requests for Paper Copies
If you require a paper copy of any information on this site, we will provide this free of charge. Please contact our school office by email or telephone.
Our School Ethos and Values
Be happy: aspire, believe, achieve
Happiness is… the feeling you get when you help others and contribute to the world; when you work hard at something that was difficult to begin with; when you feel safe, cared for and respected; when you feel confident in your uniqueness and know where you are going.
‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’
Croft Church of England Primary School is part of the Dales Academies Trust and is located in North Yorkshire. Children are admitted into school in accordance with North Yorkshire County Council admissions arrangements which are published on the County Council website here. You can find further information about our admissions here.
We believe attendance and punctuality are essential, both as a common courtesy to prevent disturbing other pupils and in developing good work habits. Children cannot learn if they are absent, and lateness can lead to vital elements of explanation being missed. Our aim is to emphasise the importance of this to the whole school community through good time-keeping in all areas of school life and by regular reminders and praise for those displaying high standards.
Please click here to access our Policies page to view our Attendance Policy.
It is our policy that all pupils should have the right to clear guidelines regarding behaviour and the opportunity to be part of a caring and respectful learning community. Pupils have a right to be happy and our policy has the following key Christian Values at its heart: peace, forgiveness, justice and respect.
Please click here to access our Policies page to view our Behaviour Policy and Anti-Bullying Policy.
Charging & Remissions Policy
Croft Church of England Primary School believes that all our pupils should have an equal opportunity to benefit from school activities and visits (curricular and extra curricular) independent of their parents’ financial means. This charging and remissions policy describes how we will do our best to ensure a good range of visits and activities is offered and, at the same time, try to minimise the financial barriers which may prevent some pupils taking full advantage of the opportunities.
Please click here to access our Policies page to view our Charging & Remissions Policy.
As a Church of England School, we carry out a daily act of Collective Worship in accordance with the Trust Deed and the broad traditions of Anglicanism. We endeavour to make our Acts of Worship relevant to the background, age and experience of our pupils. We acknowledge and celebrate that each child is unique provide children with a highly inclusive environment.
Our chosen values which include: peace, happiness, koinonia, compassion, reverence, endurance and friendship permeate every aspect of school life and contribute to outstanding behaviour and high academic standards.
At Croft school, we provide a rich and varied Collective Worship experience that allows children to develop their spirituality. Our Collective Worship curriculum is ambitious and designed to meet the diverse needs of the children who attend Croft School. It aims to provide all pupils with the knowledge, skills and cultural capital they need to succeed in their lives.
Please click here to view information about Collective Worship and our Collective Worship Policy.
It is in everyone’s interest that complaints are resolved at the earliest possible stage. Many issues can be resolved informally, without the need to invoke formal procedures. As a school we take informal concerns seriously and make every effort to resolve the matter as quickly as possible.
There are occasions when complainants would like to raise their concerns formally. In these cases, the school’s formal procedure should be invoked.
The Dales Academies Trust Complaints Procedure and Policy can be found here.
The Dales Academies Trust Whistleblowing Policy can be found here.
Our curriculum is ambitious and designed to meet the diverse needs of the children who attend Croft School. It aims to provide all pupils with the knowledge, skills and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.
Our core aims are to provide a curriculum that builds on pupils’ individual talents and uniqueness and empowers our children to be:
We believe that these are the three gifts that we would like to give our pupils help them to succeed as life-long learners and children of God. The ‘giving’ of these gifts are what drive the curriculum at Croft school.
Please follow this link to our Curriculum area of the website to find out further information about our school’s approaches to Teaching & Learning, Curriculum, Plans and Assessment.
Schools Financial Information & Benchmarking
To access information regarding our school’s financial benchmarking, please visit the following GOV.UK website here.
Financial Declaration: No individual earns in excess of £100k.
Annual Reports and Accounts
To access financial information regarding our school’s
- annual report
- annual audited accounts
- memorandum of association
- articles of association
- names of charity trustees and members
- funding agreement
Please visit the Dales website here.
Latest Exam & Assessment Results
Please view our School Performance area of our website for further details by clicking here.
Governors’ Information and Duties
As a school we are very proud of our governors who take their duties very seriously and give up their time in the interests of the whole-school community. They make an important contribution to raising standards and maintain high aspiration.
It is a statutory requirement that details of the structure and responsibilities of the Local Governing Body and its committees are available to all, and for all Governors to record any business, financial and other governance interests held either personally or through a company or relative or partner.
To find out further information about the Local Governing Body at Croft Church of England Primary School, please visit our Governor area here.
EYFS Policy and Procedures
Please click here to view all documents relating to the Early Years; including the school’s EYFS Policy & Procedures.
Equality Objectives & Information
For information about how our school complies with the Public Sector Equality Duty and our school’s objectives please refer to our Equality Policy and Plan by following these links.
OFSTED & SIAMS Reports
OFSTED is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They report directly to Parliament and are responsible for inspecting and regulating schools, pre-schools, nurseries, and any services caring for children and young people, as well as those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.
SIAMS inspection focuses on the impact of the Church school’s Christian vision on pupils and adults. This involves looking at the school’s Christian vision, the provision the school makes because of this vision and how effective this provision is in enabling all pupils to flourish.
Please click here to access the school’s Ofsted and SIAMS reports.
PE & Sports Premium
PE & Sport Premium is funding provided to primary schools to enhance the provision of PE and sport. It is for schools to decide how the PE and Sport funding is spent.
Please click here to find out further information about the Sports Premium Funding and view our Evidence of impact of Primary PE and Sport Funding.
This section on the DfE website pulls together new and current research and evaluation projects, research centres, publications and data from a range of sites, making it easier to compare a selection of individual schools and to see all the information in one place.
This link takes you to Croft Church of England Primary School’s entry.
All school policies can be accessed by visiting our Policies page of the website here.
Key documents on the Policy page include:
- Homework Policy
- Supporting Pupils with Medical Needs
- Inclusive Education for LAC Policy
- EYFS Policy & Procedures
- Relationships and Sex Education
- Mental Health
- Publication Scheme
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
Please visit our Pupil Premium area of the website to find out further information and view our Pupil Premium Strategy.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium
Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be among those hardest hit. The aggregate impact of lost time in education will be substantial, and the scale of our response must match the scale of the challenge.
The government has provided funding to support children and young people to catch up.
Please click here for our Catch Up Funding Strategy 2020 – 2021
Please click here for our Catch Up Funding Strategy 2021 – 2022.
Reading & Phonics
At Croft Church of England Primary School we use the synthetics phonics programme ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised’. Children begin phonics on day one in our Nursery and Reception Classes and are taught daily in small groups. Alongside the groups, teachers will refer to the phonics programme throughout the day. Please visit our English curriculum section of the website to find out further information by following this link.
Remote learning at Croft Primary School will consist of high-quality, sequential teaching and learning. Knowledge and skills are built incrementally, with clarity about what is intended to be taught and practised in each subject. It will allow for daily meaningful interaction between adults and children, which provides not only ambitious learning but also effective assessment and feedback through Microsoft TEAMS and Seesaw learning platform. Our school is committed to offer as high a standard of learning remotely as would be offered in school.
You can view our Remote Learning Policy here.
Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy
The Governing Body of Croft Church of England Primary School takes its responsibility under section 11 of the Children Act and duties under “working together” to safeguard and promote the welfare of children very seriously. We work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements exist within our setting to identify and support those children who are suffering harm or are likely to suffer harm. Please read our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy by visiting our Safeguarding information page here.
It is our policy that all children should wear clothing that is in keeping with a purposeful learning ethos and promotes equality, positive behaviour, standards and safety.
Our policy is based on the belief that a school uniform:
- promotes a sense of pride in the school
- engenders a feeling of belonging
- is practical and sensible
- identifies the children within the school
- is not distracting in the learning environment (as fashion clothing and accessories can be)
- makes children feel equal to one another in terms of appearance
- is regarded as suitable, and good value for money, by most parents
Please visit our Uniform Page where further information and a copy of our uniform policy can be found.
School Opening Hours
Full information about our school’s opening hours and school day can be found on our School Day page.
Special Educational Needs (SEN) & Disability Information
At Croft Church of England Primary School we are committed to developing cultures, policies and practices that are inclusive.
We have systems to identify when children have barriers affecting their learning and tailor specific interventions to enable pupils to overcome their barriers.
Mrs Gemma McManus is our SENCO. She can be contacted via the school office or by email email@example.com
You can view our SEND Annual Report, SEND Policy, Accessibility Plan and further information about the SEND Local Offer here.
Trustees’ information and duties
To access information about the Dales Trustees and duties please visit the Dales website here.