Curriculum

Curriculum Statement of Intent

Through an engaging and immersive creative curriculum, pupils are equipped with the knowledge and skills to be lifelong learners. Topic based teaching provides meaningful and relevant experience; encouraging challenge that motivates learning, whilst continuing to respond to our children’s changing interests and the developing world around them. Embracing creative arts and sporting opportunities, our distinct curriculum supports our core values, whilst nurturing development and creating an environment in which every child can achieve.

Core Curriculum by Subject

Foundation Curriculum by Subject

Progression in Art

Progression in Design & Technology

Progression in History

Progression in Music
P.S.H.E. (Personal, Social and Health Education)

We deliver our PSHE curriculum through the ‘Jigsaw’ scheme of work. It is a universal curriculum that brings together Personal, Social, Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning.

Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (puzzle) at the same time.

 
Progress in PSHE

Term Dates

Calendar Dates for Parents

 

Term Dates 2023/2024

 School Breaks UpSchool Re-opens
Academic Year 2023/2024 Wednesday 6 September 2023
Autumn Half Term Friday 27 October 2023Monday 6th November 2023
Christmas Thursday 21 December 2023 
Spring Term starts Monday 8th January 2024
Spring Half Term Friday 9 February 2024Monday 19 February 2024
EasterFriday 22 March 2024 
Summer Term starts 

Monday 8 April 2024

May Bank Holiday Friday 3rd May 2024Tuesday 7 May 2024
Half Term Thursday 23 May 2024Monday 3 June 2024 
Summer Holiday Friday 19 July 2024  

 

 

Training Days:

Academic Year 2023/2024

Monday 4 September 2023

Tuesday 5 September  2023

Friday 22 December 2023

Friday 24 May 2024

Monday 22 July 2024

 

Term Dates 2024/2025

 

 School Breaks UpSchool Re-Opens
Academic Year 2024/2025 Wednesday 4th September
Autumn Half TermFriday 25th OctoberMonday 4th November 
ChristmasFriday 20th December 
Spring Term Starts Monday 6th January
Spring Half TermThursday 13th FebruaryMonday 24th February
Easter HolidaysFriday 4th April 
Summer Term Starts Tuesday 22nd April
May Day Bank HolidayFriday 3rd  MayTuesday 6th May
Half TermFriday 23rd MayMonday 2nd June
Summer Holiday Friday 18th July 

 

Training Days

Academic Year 2024/25

Monday 2nd September 2024

Tuesday 3rd September 2024

Friday 14th February 2025

Monday 21st July 2025

Tuesday 22nd July 2025

Admissions

Admissions into any school are governed by its admission policy which is written, determined and administered by the school’s admissions authority. For Community and Voluntary Controlled schools, the admissions authority is the Local Authority. For Academy schools the admission authority is the Governing Body or Academy Trust of the school. For more information please read through the City of York Council School Admission Polices and Reports and the SYMAT Admissions, Arrangements and Consultations.

Admission Consultation for admissions in 2025 – 2026

The Admission Consultation for admissions in 2025 – 2026 open on Monday 2nd October 2023.

This year’s Admissions Consultation is being jointly held by admissions authorities in the City of York between 2nd October and 12th November 2023.  The consultation includes the admission policies and planned number of places available at each school in the year(s) of entry.

All documents can be found in their draft (pre-determined) form at https://www.york.gov.uk/school-admissions/school-admissions-consultation-2025-2026 during the consultation period. 

Parents and carers are invited to go to  https://www.york.gov.uk/school-admissions/school-admissions-consultation-2025-2026 and complete the parents, carers and public survey online.

PAN

The Published Admission Number (PAN) is the number of pupils it is intended to admit into the first year group of school (Y3). The number for Archbishop of York’s CE Junior School for 2023 -2024 is 60 places.

You can find more documents on the Local Authority website.

Ofsted/SIAMS

We are very proud of being a ‘Good‘ school in all areas. Our last inspection was done in October 25th and 26th 2023.

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Ofsted letter from headteacher and govs

SIAMS Reports

All Church of England dioceses and the Methodist Church use the Church of England Education Office’s framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005.  The SIAMS Evaluation Schedule sets out the expectations for the conduct of the Statutory Inspection of Anglican, Methodist and ecumenical Schools under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005.

AYJS was awarded the J1 Judgement which means that the inspection findings indicate that the school is living up to its foundation as a Church school.

KS2 Results

Performance Tables

To view the Performance Tables for primary, secondary and special needs schools and colleges and check their performance please visit School Performance Tables. To view our Performance Table visit AYJS Performance Table.

National Curriculum tests (SATs)

At the end of KS2, the children in Year 6 will all receive a scaled score. It will be reported as the formal outcome of tests in Maths, Reading and Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation. This is in the form of a percentile rank so parents and teachers know exactly where they stand against their peers. The scores that children can record will range from 80 to 120. One hundred (100) is the middle point and is considered to be the National ‘Expected Standard’. Therefore, any child achieving 100 or more is working at or above the national expected standard. Children recording scaled scores between 110 and 120 will be classed as performing at a High Standard.

 

Writing at the end of KS2 is Teacher Assessed. Children will be recorded at one of three stages

  1. Working towards the Expected Standard
  2. Working at the Expected Standard
  3. Working at Greater Depth
 
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the partial closure of all schools in England, end of KS2 Tests and assessments did not take place in 2020. Advice from the DFE is that results for 2019 should be used for accountability measures. For further information on school accountability expectations for the 2019 to 2020 academic year, please see the Government guidance.
 
 

 

* Schools are not required to publish their exam and assessment results from the 2019-2020 academic year as these have not been published as performance measures by the Secretary of State. Please see 2019 performance measures but note that these performance measures are not current.

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Spend – Information for Parents

The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
 
Pupil premium funding is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, such as special schools and pupil referral units. It is paid to schools according to the number of pupils who have been:
  • registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years
  • been in care for 6 months or longer

 

If you feel you may be eligible for Free School Meals, but have not claimed them, please contact us via the School Office, as Pupil Premium makes a real difference to the opportunities we can give to pupils at Archbishop of York’s CE Junior School. Please also see our Pupil Premium/Free School Meal page for further information. 

 

In the 2023 to 2024 financial year, schools received:
  • £1,455 for each eligible primary-aged pupil

 

Schools will also receive £2530 for each pupil who are:

  • adopted from care or have left care
  • looked after by the local authority
 

Schools will also receive £335 for children from service families.

 

Accountability
Headteachers and school governing bodies are accountable for the impact of pupil premium funding in the following ways:
  • performance tables, which show the learning and progress of disadvantaged pupils as shown by outcomes data
  • requiring schools to publish a statement online each year with the level of pupil premium funding received by the school, how they use it and the impact it has on the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.
  • the Ofsted inspection framework, where inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, and in particular those who attract the pupil premium 

 

Key principles how the pupil premium is spent at AYJS:

  • AYJS aims to raise achievement for pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium to at least the level of their peers. The school is aware that this means that some of these pupils must make faster progress than non-eligible pupils and is determined to achieve this.
  • AYJS never confuses eligible pupils with low ability and strives to ‘bring out the best’ in this group of pupils and support them to achieve the highest levels.
  • AYJS creates an overall package of support aimed to tackle the range of barriers including: attendance, behaviour, external factors, professional development focusing on improving outcomes for eligible pupils, improving the quality of teaching and learning, language acquisition, parental engagement, opportunities for first-hand experiences and development of literacy and numeracy skills.
  • AYJS uses assessment systems to track and enable thorough analysis of data (Reading, Writing and Maths) to identify pupils who are under achieving and why.
  • AYJS directs resources and interventions to accelerate progress of eligible pupils and close the attainment gap compared to their peers.
  • AYJS uses data to carefully track the impact of targeted spending (interventions, projects or pedagogy) on attainment and progress of eligible pupils.
  • The Headteacher and Pupil Premium Leader have a clear overview of how funding is allocated and the difference it is making to the outcomes of pupils termly.
  • AYJS ensures class teachers, phase leaders and subject leaders know which pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium so they can take responsibility for accelerating progress and accountability is shared across the school.
  • The Governing Body is ambitious for pupils and closely monitors the school’s effectiveness in closing the gap between different groups of pupils.
  • As specified in the school Charging and Remissions policy, we will fund participation in school visits and extra-curricular activities for Pupil Premium pupils when appropriate.

 

The date of the next pupil premium strategy review is 31st December 2023.

 

Sports Premium

Sports Premium Funding

The government has provided funding of £320 million per annum to provide new and substantial primary school sport funding. The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school Head teachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. Each school receives £16,000 plus an extra £10 per pupil each year. We received £18,490. Money can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools. The money will be used so that all children benefit regardless of their sporting ability.

 

Purpose of the funding 

All schools have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but there is freedom to choose how we do it. At AYJS we recognise the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of the children. In addition, we believe that an innovative and varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all children. Therefore we have prioritised our spending into two main areas:

  1. Continue all teaching staffs development across PE.
  2. Renew necessary resources for curriculum and extra-curriculum use.
  3. Enhance the variety of sporting opportunity for all children

 

Sustainability of School Sport at AYJS

We believe that it is essential to deliver to the children of AYJS, a wide variety of opportunities inside and outside the curriculum. These are provided by our enthusiastic and expert staff and also the numerous and various expert outside providers, with whom we have excellent links.

 

We recognise that these groups of people give our children and staff additional knowledge and expertise in sports and games which the school in isolation could not provide.  They also deliver to the staff additional CPD and therefore the tools and skills to provide the teaching of these areas in the future. The crucial thing is that our children benefit, find it memorable and continue to be active and enthusiastic participants in Sport for their lifetime.

 

With all this in mind, we reach out into our community and receive support from various people and groups.

Policies

For our current policies, please select the appropriate link below.  If you would like paper copies of any of these documents, please contact the school office, who would be happy to assist you. These will be provided free of charge to parents.

 
Following our joining of the South York Multi Academy Trust we have adopted a number of Trust policies, and others may be under review; the links below will be updated as these are approved and adopted locally.
 
Admissions 

Attendance 

Behaviour 

Charging and Remissions Policy

 
Curriculum, Teaching and Learning 
  • Coming soon
  • RE Policy – coming soon

Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE)

Educational Visits

E-Safety and Online Safety
 
Equality 

Health & Safety
  • Health and Safety Policy – please view under ‘more policies’
  • Archbishop of York’s C.E Junior School H & S Statement – coming soon
  • Fire Safety and Evacuation Procedures – coming soon
  • Lettings Policy – please view on Appendix 8 of Financial Handbook 
  • Lettings Form – coming soon

Medical
Privacy Notices – coming soon
 
Safeguarding
 
 

School Uniform
 
SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)
Volunteers in School – Guidelines – coming soon
SYMAT Whistleblowing Policy – please view under ‘more policies’

SEND

Archbishop of York’s CE Junior School welcomes all children and values them as individuals, treating them equally and with respect. We believe that all children have the right to have their own particular needs recognised and addressed in order to achieve success.

We take our duty to provide equal opportunities for every person in our care very seriously.Through an open culture of respect and self-belief, we aim to deliver the highest possible quality of education for all pupils based on a foundation of Christian values and practice. We are committed to ensuring that all children, including those identified as having a special educational need or disability, have a common entitlement to an accessible, broad and balanced academic and social curriculum and are fully included in all aspects of school life. We value each child and encourage them to achieve the best possible outcomes enabling them to be confident and successful as they continue their lifelong learning. 

We endeavour to raise the aspirations and expectations of all pupils, including those with SEND, by working collaboratively with parents and carers and listening to the voice of the pupil.

Key contact for school: Zita Ferencz Clarke (SENDCo)  who can be contacted via the school office

SEN Complaints Procedure

For complaints by a parent of children with SEN needs please read through our ‘Complaints Policy’ document which can be found on our Policy Page above

 
Local Offer Website
The Local Offer website is available to all and offers great information for children, young people and families with SEN about health, education, money and fun activities for the family to do in York.
 
For example, did you know about the MAX card? This is a free card which allows families to gain free entry and discounts on local activities across Yorkshire for parents/carers of children (0-25 yrs) with additional needs or disabilities. Families can apply through the Local Offer website.

Safeguarding

Safeguarding Policy

Please read through our latest Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy 2022-23 (SYMAT)

Statement of Intent

Archbishop of York’s CE Junior School considers safeguarding, and promoting the welfare and protection of children in its care as paramount. It follows the City of York Safeguarding Children Board’s procedures and guidance.

We are committed to providing the framework for the protection of our children and young people from abuse and neglect. We are also committed to providing clear directions and guidance on what staff and volunteers should do if they are concerned about a child, creating a culture of appropriate attitudes and behaviours.

This will be achieved by:

  • Valuing, listening to and respecting children and young people.
  • Educating pupils on how to keep safe, recognise any unacceptable behaviour and know that they can approach staff within the school for support.
  • Sharing information about child protection and good practice with parents, staff and volunteers.
  • Providing staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect that a child may be experiencing, or be at risk of abuse or neglect.
  • Ensuring that members of the governing body, the headteacher and staff members understand their responsibilities under safeguarding legislation and statutory guidance, knowing that any concerns should be referred to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
  • Creating a culture of safer recruitment for any new staff members and ensuring that appointment of staff and volunteers only happens when all the appropriate checks have been satisfactorily completed.
  • Providing effective management of staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training.

The school aims to share information with parents on how to keep children safe, and how they can report concerns if they are worried a child is at risk of harm. A range of information and resources for parents can be found at the City of York Safeguarding Children Board’s website and through the NSPCC website. Please also read our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.

Key contacts for the School:

1. Safeguarding Lead (Executive Headteacher) Kerry Davies                                                             
2. Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Antonino Gargiulo 
3. Nominated Governor for SafeguardingTim Andrew

Computing

Online Safety

Please have a look at our comprehensive Internet Safety page.

 

Policies

Please take time to read through our Internet and ICT Acceptable Use Policy (Pupils), Online Safety (formerly E-Safety) and Privacy policies on our Policies page.


GDPR: 
In May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into action. As a school, we take the data of your children very seriously. We ensure that any online educational resources we use are all GDPR compliant. For further information please see our Policies page.  

 

Internet Access and G Suite for Educational Access for Pupils

As part of the school’s curriculum, we offer pupils supervised access to the Internet which we believe is an integral part of our learning environment. 

Computing aims to prepare pupils to participate effectively in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly transformed by access to developing technology including the Internet. With this in mind, we use the services of Vital York Limited to ensure we have a secure learning intranet for our pupils and staff. Vital York Limited provide children with Google accounts which have a high level of security and are closely monitored.

Pupils use their accounts to access G Suite for Education. This is a set of productivity tools from Google including Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Slides and Classroom. Pupils will use their G Suite accounts to complete assignments, communicate with their teachers, sign into their Chromebooks and learn 21st century digital citizenship skills. The pupils’ Gmail communication is for internal use only and cannot be shared with external email accounts.

Assignments are set by teachers using Google Classroom and all pupils’ work is stored with Google Cloud. Pupils can log in to their Google accounts at home using the same login as at school. Both G Suite for Education and Gmail are encrypted and have strict privacy policies. Please see their GDPR statement for further information.

We have been using G Suite for Education for a few years now and truly believe that the benefits to pupils from access to the Internet and the use of the G Suite tools, in the form of information resources and opportunities for collaboration, exceed any disadvantages.  During school time, teachers will guide pupils towards appropriate material.  Obviously at home, families bear the same responsibility for guidance as they exercise with other information sources such as television, telephone, films and radio.

 

Other Online Tools used at AYJS

We will sometimes use or trial different online tools. These tools may require your child to have a login that require us to store pupils’ names, usernames and their work.  Below is a list of tools that we currently use in school: