Military Community

Here at the Avenue we have children and families joining us from all over the UK and the world. About 34% of our pupils have parents or carers who are in the armed forces, so we really understand the challenges faced by forces children.

We know how difficult it is moving schools and making new friends and our aim is to provide a smooth and happy transition when your child moves to our school. We have several members of staff who have either been in the forces themselves or who have had experience of Service Life and we embrace the broad range of experiences all children bring to our school and the community.

If you might be joining us here at The Avenue we hope that you find this page helpful in giving you an idea of what life is like at The Avenue.

If you have any questions, and would like to arrange a tour of the school or, if you currently live too far away to come and visit, then speak to us by telephone, please contact the school office or alternatively email us at: admin@avenue.wilts.sch.uk.

Which units are near The Avenue Primary School?

The 1st Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment is based here in Warminster along with The Royal Tank Regiment, REME workshops and The Land Warfare centre. We also have a number of children from other nearby bases.

We enjoy close links with our military families and have a dedicated in school Service Families pupil support worker, Emma Leeson who is available to answer any questions and provide additional support as and when required. We also have contact with Unit Welfare

Where is the school in relation to the housing ‘Patch?’

The Avenue is located in the heart of Warminster near to the town centre and local train station. The school is in walking distance from the patch and there is a regular bus service to town.

What other amenities are in the town of Warminster?

Warminster has a wide range of Shops, Banks, Restaurants and a post office along with its own theatre which hosts film nights along with seasonal shows. There is a lovely nature reserve located near the town park and Longleat Safari Park is about 10 minute’s drive away.

The town also has good transport links for Westbury, Trowbridge, and Bradford on Avon, Bristol and Bath.

What days are pupils at school?

Pupils are required to attend school during term time and dates can be found on the Wiltshire Council website and are also on our website.

The school is closed for up to 5 staff training days every year and these are all displayed on our website so that you know well in advance when the school is shut. In extreme weather, or in the event of an emergency, the school may be closed at short notice. If this happens we will use the contact details we hold on our system to contact you.

What is the school day like at The Avenue primary?

The school day starts by 8:45am when pupils go into their classrooms. Pupils can wait in the school grounds from 8:30am. If a pupil needs to be at school earlier then they can come to the “Breakfast club” which runs from 7.45am for a small daily charge. Our ‘Afterschool club’ also runs from 15.15 – 18.00 Details of the ‘Breakfast club’ and ‘After school club’ are available on the Homepage.

Here at The Avenue we offer a wide range of extra-curricular clubs run by both professional coaches and our own staff volunteers. Currently we run afterschool Football, Sports, Knitting, Art, Karate and cookery to name but a few. These groups change on a termly basis so there will always be something for every child to enjoy. Please note that some of these groups may incur a small charge.

On a Tuesday we also have a homework club if your child needs additional support with this.

Break time is at 10.35 for 15 minutes and children can enjoy time in our beautiful grounds. We also have a play trail and Woodland learning area which children normally access for lessons on a two weekly basis.

From 10.45 – 12.30 morning lessons continue.

What happens at lunchtime?

Lunchtime is from 12.30 – 13.30. Children have a choice of either bringing a healthy packed lunch from home or enjoy one of our hot school dinners. There are three different main course options available everyday along with a choice of dessert or piece of fruit.

All Key stage one children are entitled to a hot school lunch for free under the new Government incentive, however if you have a child in Key stage two and feel that they are entitled to a free school dinner then please speak to the office so that we can arrange this.

Usually lunch time is split into two with Key stage one enjoying their lunch first whilst Key stage two make the most of our lunchtime groups, visit the school Library or enjoy our vast range of outdoor activities. This then changes over at 13.00.

What will a typical afternoon look like?

By 13.30 children return to their class for registration.

Most afternoons there is an assembly either for the year group, for houses or whole of school. These assemblies are really important for celebrating achievements, keeping children up to date with what is going on around school and also for welcoming visitors from the local and wider community.

We recently had a Superhero Day where children were encouraged to dress as their ‘hero’ and raise money for The Wiltshire Air Ambulance and we have a motivated PTA who hold regular termly events such as the a Monster Ball and Cinema night.
 
Why do you have a house system?

We run a very successful house system and have found that this motivates every child to maintain our six school expectations:

Aspire * Respect * Responsibility * Resilience * Positive * Pride.
 
Our house system encourages children to achieve on a personal level and also in a team environment. All children are allocated a house within the first week. Members of staff and House Leaders are there to encourage children to voice their opinions and to put ideas forward. We have a really active Student Leadership Group too.

Our houses are as follows and we always try to keep children from the same families in the same house group.

Birch – Green         Oak – Yellow         Willow –Blue        Sycamore – Red

We regularly reward positive behaviours with house points, weekly achievement certificates, attendance certificates and Golden time which is on a Friday afternoon.

At The Avenue we pride ourselves on a fair and clear behaviour policy and more information on this can be obtained from the school office.

Language and Special Educational Needs

Classes are taught in English but if a child’s first language is not English we have links through Wiltshire council to sometimes have an interpreter present.

If your child has Special Educational needs please let us know as soon as possible so that we can discuss this with our School SENCo, Mrs Owens and put in a programme of suitable support for the child on arrival. We are very lucky to have a fantastic Resource Base for children who require access to this facility and also have a Sensory Room here within the school.

What uniform do children require?

Please see our website for the full list of uniform needed. This includes PE kit and requirements for Woodland Learning.

All uniform should be clearly labelled with your child’s name and class.

Woodland Learning

We have a fantastic woodland learning area here at the Avenue and therefore once every two weeks and sometimes at golden time children are given the opportunity to learn outside. During these times children will be required to wear, old warm clothing and wellington boots that you don’t mind getting messy as quite often there is lots of mud involved!

Resources to help prepare for your move to The Avenue Primary school

To help ease the transition for Forces Families moving between schools we have some fabulous “moving schools” packs available from Mrs Leeson our Parent and Pupil Support Worker. These packs include activity booklets for both carers and pupils to complete with details of the school and friends they are leaving behind and also some postcards to send their friends once they have settled in.

We very much hope that that using these packs will help ease the transition between schools and enable children to settle into their new school. If you would like one of these packs then please let us know so that we can send one out.

The Army Families Federation (AFF) also has useful information about helping forces children move between schools and on dealing with deployment of a parent or carer. Their information can be found at http://www.aff.org.uk/ecal.htm and links to other useful sources of information can be found on their website.

We also recommend that, if you can, you obtain a copy of your child’s records from your current school and provide them to us. This will mean that we can understand your child much more quickly, rather than waiting for the other school to send the records to us.

Helpful contact details
 
The Army Welfare Service
http://www.army.mod.uk/
01985 210305

Warminster Hive
http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceFor/ServiceCommunity/Hive/SouthWest/WarminsterHive.htm
01985 847342

The Forces Warminster Community Portal
http://forceswarminster.2day.ws/

SCE – Service Children’s Education
http://www.sceschools.com/

CEAS – Children’s Education Advisory service – Curriculum Concerns, Education Allowances, Admissions to schools, Special Educational needs.
enquiries@ceas.uk.com
01980 618244

SSAFA -Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and families Association
http://www.ssafa.org.uk/
0845 1300 975

http://www.army.mod.uk/

We look forward to welcoming you to The Avenue School very soon!