Welcome to the governors’ page of Freeman’s website.
As a standalone Academy, the governors at Freeman’s are accountable for its performance and compliance as a school, company, charity and employer. Our governing body is made up of people from a variety of backgrounds who represent different stakeholder categories at Freeman’s. These governor categories are staff, parent, foundation (church) and community. Members bring a wide range of professional and life skills to help monitor the performance of different aspects of the Academy and act as a “critical friend” to challenge and hold Freeman’s leaders to account.
We meet twice a term as a full governing body, and individual governors come in to the academy during the school day to feel the atmosphere, to meet teachers, to see how our curriculum is delivered and how all subjects are taught. At our meetings we discuss and monitor pupil outcomes and progress, the curriculum, safeguarding, SEND and Pupil Premium arrangements, finance,
premises, health and safety and personnel.
These meetings and visits help us prioritise developments and expenditure to ensure our children have access to the most appropriate resources to receive the best education possible, to prepare them for their next steps in their school life.
Mr P Stuart
Chair of Govenors
General School Policies
Freeman’s Junior Academy believes that all children have a right to grow up and learn in a safe and secure environment. If we have any concerns about a child's safety we will speak to you as parents in the first instance. Often through us talking things through the concerns that have been raised are explained or further support is arranged and we move forward from there. Very occasionally we have concerns are raised that we may feel, that by talking directly with you, may put the child more at risk. In some instances these cases are then referred to Social Services.
This procedure enables us to protect children at risk and we make no apology for taking the attitude that where there are grounds for suspicion it is better to be safe than sorry.
Unfortunately this means that we risk upsetting some parents by reporting a case, which upon investigation proves unfounded.
Our Safeguarding Policy is below and we remind parents to speak to us if you are worried. If you are worried about a child outside of school time you can call the local Multi Agency Support Hub for advice (anonymously if needs be) on 0300 126 1000.
Our Designated Safeguarding Leads
If you believe that a child in our school may be at risk, please talk to one of the designated senior persons. These are:
- Mrs Fiona Hull (Principal and Lead DSL)
- Mrs J Radcliffe (Deputy DSL)
- Mrs A. Martin (Family support worker)
- Mrs K Holder (DSL)
The Underwear Rule (from NSPCC)
Teach your child the Underwear Rule and help protect them from abuse. It's a simple way that parents can help keep children safe from abuse – without using scary words.
Follow this link to the 'Let's Talk Pants' website. Talking PANTS teaches children important messages, like their body belongs to them and they should tell an adult if they're upset or
At Freeman’s, we believe that Religious Education plays a significant role in the promotion of spiritual, moral, cultural and mental development, preparing learners for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life and helping them to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.
We follow the County Agreed Syllabus, “Growing Together”, as determined by the local Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE). Our syllabus reflects that the religious traditions of Great Britain are in the main Christian, whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain. It also makes a significant contribution to the implementation of the view that 'Every Child Matters' and helps to promote community cohesion.
The Agreed Syllabus aims for pupils to become:
- successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.
- confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives, and
- responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
Religious Education is taught weekly as a discrete subject. As a Church of England school, we prioritise the teaching of Christianity, which accounts for two thirds of our programme of study. Further units of study provide in-depth coverage of three other major religions including Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism as well as the opportunity to examine other religious beliefs and attitudes such as Humanism.
Through RE lessons, we help children to both learn about and to learn from religion and belief. The units of study are all question-based and lessons are planned which allow children to be active, thoughtful, reflective and expressive in their handling of questions about beliefs, religion, spirituality and values. We aim to include elements of enquiry, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and reflection within our lessons.
We use a varied range of teaching and learning strategies in order to make Religious Education dynamic and challenging for all pupils. These include whole class lessons, pair and group discussions, drama, role-play, ICT, visits, outside speakers, audio-visual stimuli, artwork and the use of religious artefacts.
Religious Education must be provided for all registered pupils in full time education. Parents do, however, retain the right to withdraw their children from RE. If you have any concerns, in the first instance we would encourage you to talk to your child’s class teacher who can direct you to the RE Subject Leader if you need further information.
Below are our Worship and Religious Education Policies.
As a Church School, we hold a daily act of Collective Worship for our pupils. They are Christian in nature and have regard for the family background and the ages and aptitudes of our pupils.
Collective Worship provides the opportunity to worship God within the rich tradition of Christian prayer and worship. We aim to foster a sense of fellowship by bringing all members of our school community together at the start of each day for times of celebrating, sharing, reflecting, responding and praying in an open and sensitive climate. Individuals are invited to explore and deepen their spirituality and to respond both in their own lives and within the community.
Through Collective Worship at Freeman’s, we aim to strengthen a sense of belonging and a sharing of values, including Christian, School and British Values. In addition, we aim to stimulate the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils. Through Worship, individuals will develop an understanding of God as revealed in Jesus Christ, hear and respond to the teachings of the Bible, experience prayer and prepare for their daily experiences and responsibilities with the belief that God is involved in every area of life.
Our Acts of Worship contain elements of the following:
- Consideration of, and response to, the life and teaching of Jesus Christ.
- Knowledge and appreciation of the Bible.
- Praise and Prayer to God.
- Exploration of the symbolism within the Christian faith and the Anglican tradition.
- Respect and tolerance for people of all faiths, races and cultures.
- Promotion of fundamental British Values.
- Participation in hymns and songs.
- Invitations to participate and observe.
- Recognition of, and response to, the spiritual dimension of human experience.
- Ritual and ceremony, stillness and reflection.
Worship is led by a wide range of members of our teaching and leadership team with contributions also being made by the children. We benefit from regular Christian visitors who lead our worship, including Reverend Christine from St Barnabas Church, the CSALT team (Christian School Assembly Link Team) and the CAT team (Christian Assemblies Team). Pupils and staff are involved in evaluating the effectiveness of Worship.
Some of our Acts of Worship take place at St Barnabas Church, where parents are invited to join us as we celebrate important times in the school and Church year, including Harvest Festival, Christmas and Easter.
If a parent of a pupil requests that their child be wholly or partly excused from attendance at religious worship at the school, the pupil will be excused until the request is withdrawn.
Below are our Worship and Religious Education Policies.
Year 3 Updates
Year 3 are given weekly homework that is set on a Thursday and handed back in for marking on Tuesday. This will be linked to the Year 3 curriculum. The children are also given weekly spellings to learn, which are tested on a Monday. Children are expected to read every day and we ask that an adult signs and makes a comment in their reading diary. This should be handed in every day.
How you can help
Please continue to support your child by encouraging them to read widely and frequently. They should also be discussing their reading with an adult on a regular basis. You could use the questions in their reading diary for ideas. Ensuring that your child is regularly practicing their multiplication tables is also incredibly beneficial for them. There are lots of ways that these facts can be practised; chanting, singing, games, apps, web sites or simply writing them out.