Key Information for Parents
From September 1st 2012, all schools need to present specified information to website visitors. This same information is also available in hardcopy to school visitors on request. The information will be updated at least once per term.
The name, postal address and telephone number of the school, and the name of a person to whom enquiries should be addressed is:
Mrs Alison Harvey, Bridgewater Primary School, Bridgewater Drive, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN3 3AF. Tel 01604 637056
School Opening Times
School gates are open at 08:45am and the end of the school day is 3.15pm. This totals 32.5 hours per week.
The determined admission arrangements for the school in relation to each relevant age group at the school, including any arrangements for selection, any oversubscription criteria and an explanation of the process of applying for a school place is provided by following this weblink.
Information as to where and by what means parents may access that information in the local authority's composite prospectus published on their website, is provided here.
Information as to where and by what means parents may access the most recent report about the school published by her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills can be found here.
Key Stage 2 Results
The school's most recent key stage 2 results as published by the Secretary of State and can be found in the School Performance section of the website.
School Performance Tables
Information as to where and by what means parents may access the School Performance Tables published by the Secretary of State on the Department for Education's website can be found here.
The following information about the school curriculum will be made available. The requirements are met by following our main menu links under "My Year Group" or by clicking here.
Teaching Phonics at Bridgewater Primary School
At Bridgewater Primary School we teach phonics following the structure of the programme, “Sounds-Write”. Sounds-Write supports reading and spelling from the Foundation Stage and into Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The programme teaches how the sounds of language are represented by the writing system through the three essential skills of: segmenting, blending and phoneme manipulation. These skills are practised throughout the programme, on a daily basis, until all pupils achieve the automaticity that underlies the fluency of every successful reader.
The sequence of the phonic content in the programme is followed consistently to secure optimum progress in children’s acquisition of phonic knowledge and skills.
In Early Years, children are taught daily 30 minute lessons where they are introduced to the ‘Initial Code’. Once the initial code has been established at a CVC level, they will begin to explore more complex structures of words such as CVCC, CCVC, CCVCC, and CCCVCC.
In KS1, the children will have daily 30-45 minute phonics lessons where they will begin to explore the ‘Extended Code’. At this stage the children learn more complex code in which many letters make one sound, different spellings can represent one sound and the same spellings can represent different sounds.
During KS2, the children will continue to receive daily phonics/spelling lessons and work on the ‘Extended Code’ at a polysyllabic level. Phonics is also embedded across the curriculum to develop vocabulary and spelling knowledge.
Progress is tracked regularly by the class teacher and ‘keep up’ and ‘catch up’ interventions are put in place to support those who are not making the expected progress. The phonics leader will oversee this to ensure that year groups are progressing in line with national expectations.
Year 1 children take part in a statutory “phonics screening check” in June.
Our Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policy can be found in the Key Policies section of the website.
The Public Sector Equality Duty Information (PSED)
The Equality Duty provides a single, consolidated source of discrimination law, covering all the types of discrimination that are unlawful. The term ‘protected characteristics’ is used as a convenient way to refer to the categories to which the law applies.
The eight protected characteristics are:
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Age (as an employer)
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Gender Reassignment
The Public Sector Equality Duty has three aims under the general duty for schools/academies/settings:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act, by removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics.
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not, by taking steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups where these are different from the needs of other people.
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not, by encouraging people from protected groups to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.
In addition to the annual publishing of equalities information, education settings also have a duty to prepare and publish equalities objectives and an action plan at least every 4 years. The full documents can be found in the Key Policies section of the website.
Full details of our Pupil Premium Funding and outcomes can be found in the Key Policies section of the website.
Primary School Sport Funding
Full details of our Primary School Sport Funding and outcomes can be found in the Key Policies section of the website.
Special Educational Needs
Full details of our Special Educational Needs Policy/SEN Report and the link to the NCC local offer can be found in the Key Policies section of the website.
Full details of our Charging Policy can be found in the Key Policies section of the website.