Admission

We always look forward to welcoming new children to Mount Pleasant School and so hope to see you very soon. Hopefully this website will give you a flavour of all the great things we get up to and of all the exciting trips and events you will be part of when you join us.

 

We are unable to issue Educational Clearance Certificates during school holiday periods.

If you are moving to Mount Pleasant please make sure you contact us directly.

All children require a certificate of educational clearance in order to be admitted.  To find out more please go to

 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/educational-clearance-for-service-children-before-moving-overseas  

 

Please use this link for a SCE Admission pack

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sce-school-admissions-pack

 

Welcome to Our School 

We are the most southerly of Ministry of Defence (MOD) schools in the World. The number of children on roll tends to be in the mid thirties and the children are the sons and daughters of Service and MoD Civilians and, subject to JSP 342 regulations  and admission criteria, entitled families and non entitled families posted to Mount Pleasant Complex on continuity tours.

The school is situated at the eastern end of the Mount Pleasant Domestic Complex on the Mount Pleasant Ring Road next to the Langworthy Villas Married Quarters.

The school is split into mixed ability classes and we have an excellent staff to pupil ratio. The children are taught in four or five classes: the Early Years Unit, Foundation Stage 1 and 2; Key Stage 1, (years 1-2); and Key Stage 2, (years 3-4 and years 5-6).

We are an open, friendly school and members of staff are always willing to talk to parents. We aim to educate the “whole person” and pupils will be encouraged to develop lively, enquiring minds, a sense of self-esteem and the self-discipline that comes from working in an orderly school environment.

 How can I contact the school? 

                        Mount Pleasant School

                  BFPO 655

                        Tel: 00 500 7 3328

                        Fax: 00 500 32554

                   e-mail: mps.office@modschools.org

                   website: www.mountpleasant.sceschools.com

 

MOD Schools

MOD schools are intended, as far as possible, to provide the same pattern of education as that given in England.

Who can come to our school?

Pupils entitled to be educated at Mount Pleasant School are dependent primary school aged children of HM Forces or MoD UK Based Civilian personnel posted to Mount Pleasant on an accompanied tour. Contractors’ children may be admitted in accordance with MOD policy, mostly outlined in JSP 342.

What is the admissions procedure?

Parents should contact the school secretary in the first instance, as soon possible after being notified of the posting.. Admission forms must be completed and returned to the school as soon as possible before embarkation and ideally at the same time that the family’s application for a quarter is submitted to the Families Officer.

Parents are will be made an appointment to visit the school with their child/children on the next available school day following arrival to arrange a start day. Parents will need to bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate and any additional documentation given by the previous school (school records, reports and samples of work etc.).

 

 What are the school times?

 

08:45                              Staff on duty for drop off

09:00                              School Registration

12:00-13:00                     Lunchtime

15:15                               School ends for pupils

 

 

In the main school building teachers are in class from 08.45 but school does not start until 09.00. Children should not arrive at school before 08:45 when there is a member of staff in the playground.

Snack.  We provide fresh fruit for childre to eat at playtime. Parent volunteers and SGC parent representatives organise the buying and cutting of fruit to enable us to provide a variety of fruit choices to children everyday. EYFS children eat their fruit in the classroom as a social activity.

Lunch.  All children in FS2, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free school dinner. We have extended this to Key Stage Two children on a fee paying basis. Children in Years 3, 4,5 and 6 can now buy a hot school dinner at a cost per meal. In school, children are supervised by a team of Lunchtime Supervisors; some are Sodexo staff and some school staff members. Children preferring packed lunches can bring warm food in a thermos flask if desired.

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?

At Mount Pleasant School we currently have an Early Years Unit and a Foundation Stage Class. The Early Years Unit caters for children between two and three years old and is available the month after their second birthday. This is a non-statutory, fee paying facility and is open four mornings a week. Children will qualify for free provision in the term after their third birthday. The Foundation Stage Class is open to children between three and five and has a combination of FS1, N2,  children and FS2 (who are in their first year of full time schooling).

Both Classes follow the EYFS Curriculum Guidance and work on the Key worker system, where children have a member of staff specially allocated to them . At the end of FS2, each child’s progress is assessed using the Foundation Stage Profile.

EYU and FS1 offer places in a morning or session.  You will be allocated a place depending on space available.  You may have to wait for a space for sessions in EYU.  Afternoon Extended Day Care sessions are available for EYU and FS1 children.

What should my child wear for school?

We do not sell uniform in school.  Please go to the web site for initially yours and select Mount Pleasant Primary School.

http://www.initiallyyours.co.uk/schools/index.htm

School Uniform. Uniform must be purchased from our uniform supplier – Initially Yours.  School uniform is worn by all pupils creating a school identity and sense of belonging. Children are to wear white polo shirts and grey skirts/ grey trousers.  Jeans should not be worn and shoes should be appropriate for the inclement weather. KS1 and FS1 & 2 are required to use a book bag.

During the year the weather can be snowy, sunny, windy, wet or a combination of all four! If your child wears snow boots or wellies to school please ensure they also have their school shoes with them to change into. Also, on sunny days children should bring in a suitable sun hat and sun cream should be applied before school.

PE Kit.  The children should have a change of clothes available for PE lessons consisting of plimsolls or trainers, T-shirt, shorts or preferably a jogging suit. Children currently walk approximately one quarter of a mile along the spinal corridor to the gym for PE lessons and it can be quite cold.  Uniform must be purchased from our uniform suppler – Initially Yours.

Swimming kit. Children should wear suitable swimming costumes. For girls this is a full suit- not a bikini, and for boys swim briefs, such as Speedos, and not the baggy shorts style of swimwear. All children with long hair are required to wear a swimming cap. It is also recommended that long hair is tied or plaited tightly in addition to wearing a swimming cap.

Please remember to label all your child’s belongings.

Valuables/Jewellery. Please do not send your child to school wearing jewellery. Jewellery and earrings especially should not be worn for PE lessons. The school cannot be held responsible for the loss/damage of children’s belongings unless they have been specifically asked to bring things in.

What should I do if my child is absent?

In the event of an illness parents should contact the school during the morning of the first day of absence, leaving a message on the answer phone if there is no reply. Parents should endeavour to make routine appointments outside of school hours, but we understand that this is not always possible, in which case, please inform the school in advance of the appointment.

Can we take leave during term time?

The regulations regarding term time pupil leave have recently changed. The former notional limit of 10 days that Head teachers could authorise for children to be absent from school for family holiday has been removed.  There are now only two grounds for authorised leave: ‘exceptional circumstances’ (e.g. serious illness of a family member, bereavement) or Post Operational Leave of ten days. If parents need to arrange absence during term time for any reason they should put it in writing to the Head teacher using the forms provided by the school secretary. If leave is not agreed by the Head teacher, it will be recorded as unauthorised. Unlike in the UK, this will not incur a fine, as you are overseas. However, where attendance of children is considered to be irregular, potential disciplinary action may be taken.

 Do the children go on educational visits? 

Mount Pleasant School takes the opportunity to make the most of its unique location as part of the children’s education.

What if I need to talk to a member of staff?

We operate an open door policy and as such parents are welcome to come into school at anytime.  Generally speaking, the start of the day is very busy and whilst teachers will be available, it may not be the best time for a detailed discussion. Where parents need to share key information that is relevant for the day ahead, this is appropriately shared on arrival in the morning. Otherwise parents are encouraged to make an after school appointment when there are fewer distractions and the matter can be discussed privately and in an unhurried manner.   Tuesday morning between 08:30 and 08:45 is a time set aside for teacher – parent open door meetings.

Telephoning the school.

Where parents need to contact the school during the day they are welcome to telephone the school to provide information or make an appointment. Where no one is available to take the call, please leave a message on the answer phone and the member of staff concerned will action your call as appropriate.

Keeping contact details up-to-date.

If for any reason your home, mobile or work number should change, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can ensure our contact details are always up-to-date. It is a requirement that the school holds a minimum of two contact phone numbers for children.

What after school activities are offered?

Clubs are offered on an entirely voluntary basis by staff from 3.15pm until 4:15pm on Thursdays at certain times during school terms, and occasionally lunchtimes with kind support from parents.

How can I help my child at home?

By showing a keen interest at home in your child’s progress you will help him/her develop. Homework is set by the class teacher as an extension of class work and class newsletters provide information on homework routines. Children should be reading and practising their spellings for a few minutes each night where possible.

Behaviour

At Mount Pleasant School we reward good behaviour and apply sanctions where behaviour is inappropriate. At all times all adults in school endeavour to model appropriate behaviour and good manners.

Class charters are fully discussed with the children and are reinforced by the reward systems operated in each class.

The pupils on the school council meet regularly to discuss various topics and raise any concerns they have.

Anti-bullying.

We consider ourselves fortunate that bullying is not a common occurrence in our school. We take seriously and investigate any child perceived allegation. If cases of bullying are proven then sanctions will be applied according to the severity of the offence.

We don’t allow unkind or cruel behaviour in our school. But not all unkind behaviour is bullying. The key characteristics that turn unkindness into bullying are:

-that it is repeated and goes on over time;

– that it is deliberate and not accidental;

–  that it involves the person doing the bullying in having some sort of power over the person experiencing the bullying.

Parents who are concerned that their child might be being bullied, or who suspect that their child may be the perpetrator of bullying, should contact their child’s class teacher immediately.

What is the National Curriculum?

The education your child will receive at Mount Pleasant School will be of the same high standard that you would expect from a school in England. The teachers are all UK Based MoD civilians (UKBCs) and are all experienced UK qualified teachers, dedicated to their tasks and sympathetic to the needs of Service children. SCE schools all follow the guidelines set out in the National Curriculum. All children will receive a broad education encompassing all the core and foundation subjects at a level appropriate to their age and development. As with other schools we place great emphasis on teaching children the basic skills they will need later in life. We recognise that children are individuals and teachers are sensitive to the fact that each child will develop at its own rate. We encourage each child to fulfil his or her potential and expect that everyone will do their best.

What assessments are there?

Teachers are continuously assessing progress and keeping a record to inform them of the next stage in all curriculum areas. In addition, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 6 are assessed in accordance with statutory assessments which are reported to parents. In Y1 they undertake the Y1 Phonics screening check. In Y2 assessment is through using some standard assessment tests/tasks (SATS), while in Y6 the children undertake national test papers (SATS).

Other year groups are assessed by teachers and may undertake national optional tests, together with other school based assessments to support the teacher judgements made.

What if my child has special educational needs?

Where children have needs that can be met within the school’s resources, these are managed in the classroom environment and in full co-operation with parents. Where on-going needs prove/ become more significant, the school will follow the SCE SEN policy and involve outside agencies as required with the parents knowledge and agreement.

  Please note because we are a very small and remote school we do not have ready access to support for children with Special Educational Needs or Medical Needs . When a family wish to pursue a posting overseas, the special needs of their child should be declared to CEAS when the posting is offered if the child is not already registered with CEAS. For entitled parents of such children it is therefore vital that they liaise with CEAS before any posting action involving being accompanied by the child/ children. 

The role of CEAS, based at Upavon, is to support Service families in obtaining appropriate educational facilities for their children, and to provide high quality information and impartial advice on all aspects of education world-wide, including advice upon special educational needs/ additional educational needs.

CEAS’s website is:

www.mod.uk/defenceinternet/defencefor/servicecommunity/education/childrenseducationadvisoryservice.htm

The MoD process for admission for children with SEN will be followed by Mount Pleasant School.

Ofsted

Our most recent Ofsted Inspection report can be viewed via the following website:

www.ofsted.gov.uk

 Secondary Education.

There is no secondary education provision at Mount Pleasant and parents of secondary aged children (Years 7 to 11) may wish their children to attend the Falkland Island Government Community School (FICS) in Stanley as weekly boarders or, elect to board them in the UK. Stanley Community School in general follows the English National Curriculum up to GCSE but has no sixth form provision and is not a boarding school but has a hostel for children to stay in.

We hope you have found the information in this Welcome Pack useful, and that you and your family enjoy their time in this unique and wonderful location. Please feel free to contact the school if you have any further queries.