About our School
Stisted Primary Academy is a Church of England School. Our aim is to serve the community by providing the best all-round education within a caring Christian family context. We feel it is important to value the different personalities and talents of all our children and give them the best care, support and guidance we can offer so that they can become confident learners and tolerant, principled members of society.
We recognise that people learn best in different ways. With this is mind, we provide learning experiences that take into account children's different learning styles. This allows children to learn in ways that best suit them. A small school environment can help us get to know each child quickly.
Children welcome to join our Reception Class in September following their fourth birthday. We also welcome children moving from other schools if spaces are available.
We are a church school. This means our school reflects our original Trust Deeds when the school was originally set up by the village church to offer education to 'the poor of the parish'. We believe in providing a strong Christian ethos where developing a sense of belonging plays a central role to our core purpose.
Our Religious Education teaching follows the Diocesan Scheme of Work.
Applying for a Place
Stisted Primary Academy is a small school and we can only accommodate 15 pupils in each year group. We have 7 year groups in total and a maximum capacity of 105 pupils. You can apply for a place for your child by completing an application form. Your application will be processed in line with our admissions policy. We also participate in Essex County Council's locally coordinated admissions scheme for our September Reception Intake. Please contact at the school office or Essex County Council's Planning and Admission's Department for an application form. You will find our most recent Admissions Policy in the Policies and Documents section of this website.
Our Learning Environment
Our school building has been modernised and extended several times, most recently in 2014 with the addition of an all-weather Multi-Use Games Area. In 2010, two new fully equipped air conditioned classrooms were built and in 2013 we converted the former resource area into an enhanced provision unit for children with different learning needs.
We have 4 well-resourced classrooms in total, a spacious school hall, kitchen, group room, wildlife area, allotment, playground, an early years outdoor play area including an extensive school playing field with spectacular views of the Essex countryside.
The children, aged 4 - 11, are taught in four classes.
Class 1 : Reception (4-5 yr olds)
Class 2 : Year 1&2 (5-7 yr olds)
Class 3 : Year 3&4 (7-9 yr olds)
Class 4 : Year 5&6 (9-11 yr olds)
Special Educational Needs
The school has an excellent reputation for our provision for children with specific learning needs. Support is given both within class lessons and sometimes in small groups. This is monitored by the School’s Special Needs Coordinator. Teaching assistants are also used to support groups of pupils. Children with SEN will have their needs assessed and receive specific support or provision based on an Individual Education Plan.
We also have an enhanced provision Montessori Classroom and curriculum specifically designed for children with specific or additional needs. The Montessori influenced environment is a calm but busy environment where the children are involved in small group or individual activities. The equipment and environment is designed to develop children’s concentration, co-ordination and independence.
Many of our children have life-long learners needs. Currently, 8% of our children have a statement of educational need which is significantly higher than the national average of 2%.
Our carefully designed activities are matched to a child’s Individual Education Plan and are aimed to develop their sensory, numeric, language and practical skills.
We have close links with the local playgroup and with our neighbouring secondary schools. Local residents sometimes join us for various events throughout the year and our older pupils visit a local Residential Home at Christmas, to entertain the residents with carols. We value these contacts and feel these experiences provide the pupils with new perspectives and opportunities to practise life skills.
Harvest Festival is celebrated at All Saints’ Church at the end of September. This service is planned and prepared by the school. Parents and friends of Stisted Academy are welcome and encouraged to attend. Christmas is celebrated by our older children at All Saints’ Church with an afternoon and evening church service for parents. A Nativity play is usually performed by our younger learners. This is held in the school hall. Easter is celebrated at All Saints’ Church. This service is planned and prepared by the school.
Collective worship is of a Christian nature as required by the school’s Trust Deed. Each day there is a whole-school Act of Worship. Collective Worship is an important part of children's entitlement to religious experience and reflection. We believe this contributes positively to your child's spiritual and moral development.
Collective worship is led by different individuals including the Principal, class teachers, visitors and the local vicar.
Friends of Stisted Academy
Friends of Stisted Academy (FOSA) is a parent group who organise and arrange fund raising events throughout the year. Meetings are held on a half termly basis. Events are advertised through the weekly school newsletter.
We provide an extensive menu of hot cooked food at lunchtime. All meals are cooked using fresh ingredients in our own kitchen by our chef. You will have the choice of sending your child with a packed lunch or purchasing one of our delicious hot meals.
At Stisted Primary Academy, we believe the wearing of school uniform is an important part of school life. We believe it gives your child the feeling of belonging and that school is a special place and community. Parents have always been extremely co-operative in supporting this aspect of school life. Our school colour is blue.
The school’s overall attendance rate is excellent. Our average attendance rate is well above the county and national average. This means children do not have much time off school. We believe good attendance and punctuality are significant factors in the rate of progress your child makes. We strongly discourage parents from taking their children out of school for holidays during term time. This is because our lessons are carefully sequenced and any absence can seriously disrupt children's learning which can leave gaps in their knowledge and understanding in important learning goals.
Safeguarding and welfare
We are committed to the protection and safety of your child. This includes their health, safety and general well-being. Child Protection is the responsibility of everyone who works in the school. The Principal is the named Child Protection Coordinator or Designated Person for Child Protection matters. All members of staff receive training in child protection procedures and how to keep your child safe. This training is regularly updated. All adults who are in regular contact with children are checked with the Criminal Records Bureau. A copy of the Child Protection Policy can be collected from the School Office.
After School Clubs
We organise a range of after school clubs and extra-curricular activities for our children. These vary throughout the year. Currently, all after school clubs run on Wednesday. The range of opportunities we provide include hockey, cookery, cheer leading, art, badminton and ICT. We also run a Bible Club and Running Club at lunchtimes. We also arrange after school football coaching for children interested in pursuing their soccer skills.
We know parents value the opportunity to speak to their child’s class teacher. Teacher’s may informally talk to you about a specific issue or concern you have at the end of the day. We also host formal Parent Evenings. The format of Parent Evenings/consultations varies depending on the time of year.
In the Autumn term, we have a formal Parents Evening on two consecutive nights of the week and during the Spring term, we have earlier appointments after school and invite children in Classes 2 to 4 to accompany their parents. In the summer term, we hold an exhibition evening for parents to view their children’s achievements.
If your child is due to start in our Reception Class, the class teacher will visit you and your child at home so that we can get to know you. We will also arrange a meeting for new parents and give you a Starting School Induction. There will also be a chance for your child to visit and stay for two mornings and an afternoon. This includes staying for lunch and you are welcome to join your child on this day.
Being distinctly Christian
In choosing to work in a Christian school, we are privileged with the responsibility to help embed the special and distinctly Christian character and ethos of our school.
The distinct Christian character of our school is rooted in Christian values that are embedded in the daily life of the school. This means our ethos, values and relationships are generated based on the work and life of Jesus Christ.
These values are not unique to the Christian faith but commonly shared human values which we believe have a significant impact on our learners and community. It is the source of these values, rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Gospels, that reflects our Christian character.
We believe distinct Christian values are those most explicitly expressed through Jesus Christ. These are love and forgiveness.
Love is expressed in its broadest sense through the value we place on the uniqueness of every individual and how we make them feel valued and enable them to grow spiritually, morally, culturally and academically. From love stems many values such as trust, humility, peace, thankfulness, friendship, wisdom, hope, compassion and justice.
Forgiveness is about accepting people make mistakes and not bearing a grudge or wanting to get our own back and being willing to say sorry and mean it.
These explicit values means the daily life of the school including the curriculum and our relationships with learners, their carers and the wider community is centred on these core values in their broadest sense.
These values are not just explicitly taught but lived through the daily life of our school through our own words and actions.
The Pupil Premium
The Pupil Premium is an additional grant paid to schools based on the number of pupils registered as eligible and claiming Free School Meals. It also includes children registered in care who have been continuously looked after for six months. Further details on how we spend this money can be found under the Further Information tab.
Looking ahead 2016/17
Our primary key objectives for further developing the school in 2016/17 centres around curricular development particularly around developing children's knowledge and understanding of world faiths.
Applying for a mid-year place
If your child is currently attending a different school and you would like to apply for a mid-year place, you can do this by completing the online application form using the link below :
We have our own allotment and wildlife area in the school grounds. This is managed by staff and children. All produce is used by our kitchen and served to children who opt for a school dinner. We also take the children out into the village and local woods.
At Playtime all children are supervised by an adult. Your child will be able to use break time to go to the toilet, have a drink and snack and socialise with their peers. We have an extensive school field and play facilities where your child will be able to run around, play games and meet their friends. Playtime also offers your child much needed exercise and fresh air which also sets them up for learning in the next lesson.
Adult play supervisors are on hand to organise games and include all children particular those children with additional learning needs.