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A warm welcome from your headteacher

Hello Parents, Children and Carers

We are a happy and friendly community school which caters for children of all abilities within a well-resourced and stimulating learning environment. Our experienced and committed staff team offers good pastoral care to our pupils so that they are able to learn effectively, discover new talents and prepare effectively for secondary education and future life. We have invested heavily in improving our school building and grounds over the past few years and are particularly proud of our spacious and bright classrooms, library and Family Room.

Children have a particularly wide range of school clubs at South Avenue Junior including: gardening, Irish dancing, archery, football, Spanish and cookery to name just a few! Added to this, our commitment to provide 'WOW' learning experiences such as regular in-school workshops and school trips, enables us to provide a truly enriched and extended curriculum which motivates and enthuses our pupils.

The success of our school depends on all those who make a contribution to its life and so it is particularly important that parents, carers and staff work in partnership together for the benefit of our pupils' well-being and achievement.

The prospectus and website are designed to answer any queries you may have about the organisation of the school. Parents also receive regular communication through our letters, texts and e mail services regarding school events and activities, of which there are many!

If you have any further questions, please do get in touch. I look forward to welcoming you, your child and your family into our school community.

Yours sincerely
Mrs D Browning


Headlines from our most recent Ofsted Inspection - March 2013

"Pupils' skills in mathematics have improved... because of better teaching and the additional support they receive." "Pupils who are talented in this subject are challenged to do as well as they can."

"The school promotes the importance of good attendance strongly..." "Overall attendance is above average... Pupils' attendance and behaviour have got better."

"Almost all parents responding to Parent View say that their child is safe in school. Pupils too say that they feel safe. This high level of confidence reflects the work the school has done to gain the Kent Safe Schools Award"

"...The school has taken good action against bullying. Pupils are well cared for."

"Prefects, the head boy and head girl, house captains, play leaders and playground buddies take their responsibilities seriously. They make a much valued contribution to pupils' sensible behaviour around the school and during breaks from lessons."

"Where good teaching was observed, expectations of what pupils can achieve are high and work builds on previous learning."

"Teaching assistants are well trained."

"...Pupils show positive attitudes to learning. They take pride in presenting their work neatly and tidily and do their best."

"The curriculum is enriched by an extensive range of out-of-school clubs and visits to places of interest. It promotes pupils' spiritual. moral, social and cultural development effectively."

"The school meets the government's current floor standard... The attainment of pupils supported by the pupil premium is broadly equivalent to that of similar pupils nationally."

"The school is developing its partnership with parents, seeking their views about its strengths and areas for development. Purposeful homework projects are designed to help parents become involved in their child's learning."

Children's author, Ian MacDonald visits pupils to celebrate SAJS's Book Week!

We were delighted to welcome Ian MacDonald into school this term. A former primary school deputy head and an accomplished writer, Ian has written more than a dozen titles published for 5-11 year olds (KS1 & KS2) including 'Skateboard Gran', 'Sam's Spitfire Summer' and 'The Mummy's Finger' to name but a few!

Ian gave a whole school presentation based on his book 'Mrs Wrelton's Dinosaur' (which featured on BBC TV and Radio) and ran workshops with all year groups on how to take an idea, develop a story, right through to publication and print! There was also the opportunity for pupils and their families to meet the author and purchase their very own, personally signed copy from a collection of titles available on the day.

Following his visit, Ian expressed his thanks to pupils and staff alike.

"Many thanks for inviting me to your lovely school yesterday. I had a great day and really enjoyed my time with you. Teachers and staff made me feel very welcome and the children were really well behaved and friendly. Children of all abilities worked enthusiastically in my workshops and produced some delightful work; some gripping suspense writing in the upper school and amazing alien descriptions in year 3 and 4. Some examples of writing I saw in year 6 were especially impressive."

Pupils were as equally enthusiastic about the opportunity to meet a 'real' author...

Hannah of Y6 said,

"The workshop was great fun and I enjoyed taking part!"

Year 3 pupils Valerie and Gabby commented,

"It was fantastic, interesting and I will use his ideas to help me with my writing."

"I really enjoyed listening to his stories and hope I will become a better writer"

Mrs Lynn Simpson, Literacy Leader, who organised the week-long event, explained,

"Book week was all about raising the profile of reading and writing in school; with a visiting author, illustrator, book swap and, of course the opportunity to get those creative juices flowing for our next generation of budding authors!"

Anonymous Homework Survey

In order to better match our enrichment opportunities for our pupils, it is key that we get views on the type of homework received, current attention to homework activities and support in identifying barriers to homework completion.

We would therefore like to ask all parents to spare a moment and complete our anonymous "Homework Survey". Please click the link below to open the survey in a new window.

There is a deadline date of Fri 14th Feb for completion

Homework Survey

At South Avenue Junior School all members of our school community demonstrate a commitment to SAJS

If you do have any ideas you would like us to consider, or concerns you would like to share, please feel free to get in touch with either your childs teacher or the office.

Working together we can help to make South Avenue Junior School the best it can be.

Child Exploitation & Online Protection

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. That means we are part of UK policing and very much about tracking and bringing offenders to account either directly or in partnership with local and international forces.

Moral development

As part of pupils' social , moral development and their learning about how to be good citizens, our Pastoral Support Leader arranged for PC Andy Dennett to come into school and work with Year 5 pupils.

The children spent time discussing anti-social behaviour and they wrote this fantastic song!

Parents / Carers Surveys

The schools latest survey can be viewed / saved / printed by clicking the button.

Always trying to work out when the next terms ends, starts, bank holidays ?

Don't worry, we have created yearly academic calendars with term dates & bank holidays for you to download and print.

We have also provided details of where you can obtain information regarding school closures due to adverse weather. We will of course attempt to have this website display any urgent information you may need and keep you as up to date as possible.

2013/14 ACADEMIC YEAR : Standard School Year Calendar          View / Download

Additional to 2013-14 : Staff Development Days: Friday 20th June 2014

2014/15 ACADEMIC YEAR : Standard School Year Calendar          View / Download

2015/16 ACADEMIC YEAR : Standard School Year Calendar          View / Download

2016/17 ACADEMIC YEAR : Standard School Year Calendar          View / Download

This information is provided by the Kent Trust Website, a site for Kents children, families and Schools. For the very latest information on school term dates and a wealth of other valuable information on the counties schools, please click the link.