School Prospectus


Welcome to our school. This prospectus contains information about our school which we hope you will find useful. If you require further information about the school, our approach to your child’s education, or if you would like to visit the school to look around during the day, do please contact me.

Mrs. A. Navas B.Ed (Hons), NPQH
Head Teacher.





“Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.

The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.”

The Christian values that underpin the work of our school are:

  • Love
  • Hope
  • Koinonia
  • Celebration


Our vision is to work together as a Christian community to nurture our children within a happy, stimulating and caring school. A place where:

  • Christian values are at our heart
  • Everyone is welcome
  • We respect and care for everyone and everything around us
  • High standards are expected and celebrated
  • Self esteem and confidence are nurtured on a journey of self-discovery




We aim to:

1.       Encourage a development of the child’s spiritual education and understanding.

2.      Develop the child’s understanding of how to stay healthy, both physically and  emotionally.

3.       Promote the right for an individual to stay safe.

4.       Promote and facilitate the right of the individual to achieve highly in all areas of their life.

5.       Develop the skills required for the child to make a positive contribution to the community in which they live.

6.       Nurture high achievers who have a thirst for learning.



School Address:
Canon Popham Church of England (VA) Primary and Nursery School
Church Balk

Tel:  (01302) 884465

Chairman of Governors: Mr D. Milnes  – contactable via the school office
Vice Chairman of Governors: Mr C. Mitchell- contactable via the school office

Local Education Authority:
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
Directorate of Education Services
Civic Office
South Yorkshire
Tel:  01302 736000

Sheffield Diocesan Board of Education:
Sheffield Diocesan Church House
95-99 Effingham Street
S65 1BL                                                                                
Tel:  01709 309100

3.         SCHOOL STAFF:

Senior Leadership Team

Name Role
Mrs A. Navas Headteacher
Mrs J. Shelton Deputy Headteacher / KS2 Leader
Mrs D. Milnes KS1 Leader
Mrs E. Wenban Foundation Leader

Class Teachers

Name Year Group
Miss M. Simpkin Nursery
Mrs E. Wenban Reception (Job Share)
Mrs C. Barratt Reception (Job Share)
Miss M. Smithson Year One
Mrs D. Milnes Year Two
Mr L. Pitchfork Year Three
Mr A. Dickman Year Four
Mrs J. Shelton Year Five
Mrs N. Clemitshaw Year Six

Teaching Assistants

Name Year Group
Mrs C. Brunyee HLTA – All Years
Mrs S. Penhallurick Nursery
Mrs C. Hollis Nursery
Mrs S. Bennett Reception
Mrs J. Probert Year 1
Mrs S. Morgan Year 1
Mrs A. Drake Year 1
Mrs L. Margetts Year 2
Mrs A. Stewardson Year 3
Mrs V. Holman Year 3
Mrs S. Fitzpatrick Year 4
Mrs A. Houlihan Year 4
Mrs A. Wilkinson Year 5
Mrs H. Mumford Year 6
Mrs W. Beck All Years

Non-Teaching Support Staff

Name Role
Mrs S. Liddle School Business Manager
Mrs T. Bell Administration Assistant
Mr R. Hall Site Supervisor

Midday Supervisory Staff
Mrs P. Coultard, Mrs N. Cresswell, Mrs S. Brown, Mrs D. Collins, Mrs E. Coucom, Mrs C. Hall, Miss A. Parker, Mrs T. Swalle.

Breakfast Club Staff
Mrs P. Coultard, Mrs N. Cresswell

Mrs P. Coultard, Mrs N. Cresswell, Miss A. Parker

Kitchen Staff


Name Role
Mrs J. Fitzpatrick School Cook
Mrs J. Allen Kitchen Assistant
Mrs. J. Hale Kitchen Assistant
Mrs. J. Higham Kitchen Assistant



Chairman of the Governors: Mr. D. Milnes (Parent Governor)
Vice-Chairman of the Governors:  Mr C Mitchell (Foundation Governor)
Clerk to the Governors:  Mr. G. Price
Rev. S. Beck (Rector)
Mrs A. Navas (Headteacher)
Mr. K. Robertson  (L.E.A. Representative)
Mr. G Robinson (Foundation Governor)
Mrs C. Barratt (Foundation Governor)
Mrs L. Smout (Foundation Governor)
Mrs L. Whittaker (Parent Governor)
Mrs A. Stewardson (Staff Governor)

Associate Members
Mrs. J. Shelton (Deputy Headteacher)
Mrs S. Liddle (School Business Manager)

5.         ADMISSIONS

Canon Popham is a Church of England Voluntary Aided co-educational Primary and Nursery School with an age range of children from 3+ to 11+ years.

Class sizes                 Key Stage 1 classes – 30

 Key Stage 2 classes – 32

Parents and prospective parents are always welcome in school as co-operation is essential to make children’s early years in school as successful as possible.  Appointments can be made to see the Head Teacher, who welcomes any contact with parents. In addition, all teachers are happy to meet with parents and discuss their concerns. The best time to speak to the class teacher is usually at the end of the day or an appointment can be made if you would like a longer time for a more in depth conversation.

The children normally transfer to Hungerhill Comprehensive School at 11+, though some parents and pupils also choose to send their children to other secondary schools in the area.

We have a very close liaison with Hungerhill School and other feeder schools in the pyramid. We are also part of the Brighter Futures Learning Partnership Trust. This Trust aims to work together with its partner schools to provide a high quality, seamless education from early years to post – 16, with the support of partners John Leggott 6th Form College, the Primary Care Trust (health service) and Doncaster Rovers.

There is opportunity for your child to transfer to Rossington All Saints, the only secondary school with a specific Christian ethos in the area.

Admissions Policy

Parents considering sending their child to the school are requested to make an appointment with the head teacher to see the school in session and to discuss entry.

All children may enter school in the September of the school year in which they are five.

Where children attend our nursery, this does not guarantee them a place in our Reception class.

Application forms for admittance into the Reception class will be sent to you by the Local Authority and must be submitted by the parent(s) or guardian to the Governing Body via the head teacher at the date stipulated in the Admission Booklet distributed by the Local Authority.

If your child is registered at a community nursery the Admission Booklet will be given to you.  If you have problems, please contact the office at Canon Popham School.

Applications will be considered by the Governing Body and parents will be notified of the outcome by the Local Education Authority in April of the following year.


As a Church of England school, our Governors are our admissions authority. If applications exceed the number of places, our admissions policy applies.
Should you not be successful, appeals can be made to the Governing Body, by writing to the Chair of Governors.  If such an appeal fails to result in allocation, the parent can appeal against the decision made.

The appeal will be heard by an independent appeals committee. Details are available in school.

Criteria for Admission
Where there are more applications for admission than the planned admission number, the admission authority will apply the following criteria in strict order of priority.
If the admission number is reached mid-category, applications in that category will be prioritised on the shortest distance measured in a straight line from the point of the front entrance of the pupil’s home to the children’s gate entrance at school.
In the event that two children live equidistant from the school the distance will be measured again using ‘Multi-map’.
If a tie-break situation occurs, lots will be drawn.

  1. Children who are in Public care and are resident in the Parish of The Good Shepherd Kirk Sandall and Edenthorpe or St. Aidan’s Wheatley Hills.
  2. Children who have a statement of Special Educational Need where the school is named as the most appropriate educational setting for the child and who are resident in the Parish of The Good Shepherd Kirk Sandall and Edenthorpe or St. Aidan’s Wheatley Hills.
  3. Children who have an elder brother or sister (or step/half sibling resident at the same address) in the school at the anticipated time of admission.
  4. Children whose parents/carers regularly attend the Church of The Good Shepherd Kirk Sandall and Edenthorpe or St. Aidan’s Wheatley Hills, as confirmed by completion of the form ‘Additional Information To Make an Application For A Church Of England Aided School’ supplied with the admissions information and returned with the CAF.
  5. Children who regularly attend the Church of The Good Shepherd Kirk Sandall and Edenthorpe or St. Aidan’s Wheatley Hills, as confirmed by completion of the form ‘Additional Information to Make an Application for a Church Of England Aided School’ supplied with the admissions information and returned with the CAF.
  6. Children whose parents/carers reside in the ecclesiastical parish of  the Church of The Good Shepherd Kirk Sandall and Edenthorpe or St. Aidan’s Wheatley Hills who regularly attend another Church of England church as confirmed by completion of the form ‘Additional Information To Make An Application For A Church Of England Aided School’ supplied with the admissions information and returned with the CAF.
  7. Children who reside in the ecclesiastical parish of the Church of The Good Shepherd Kirk Sandall and Edenthorpe or St. Aidan’s Wheatley Hills who regularly attend another Church of England church as confirmed by completion of the form ‘Additional Information To Make An Application For A Church Of England Aided School’ supplied with the admissions information and returned with the CAF.
  8. Children whose parents/carers reside in the ecclesiastical parish whose boundaries adjoin the parishes of the Church of The Good Shepherd  Kirk Sandall and Edenthorpe or St. Aidan’s Wheatley Hills who regularly attend a church of other Christian denomination participating in ‘Churches Together in England’ as confirmed by completion of the form ‘Additional Information To Make An Application For A Church Of England Aided School’ supplied with  the  admissions information and returned with the CAF.
  9. Children who reside in the ecclesiastical parish whose boundaries adjoin the parishes of the Church of The Good Shepherd Kirk Sandall and Edenthorpe or St.  Aidan’s Wheatley Hills who regularly attend a church of other Christian denomination participating in ‘Churches Together in England’ as confirmed by completion of the form ‘Additional Information To Make An Application For A Church Of England Aided   School’ supplied with the admissions information and returned with the CAF.
  10. All other children


The Board of Governors and Staff of Canon Popham School value every individual.
We support and promote the right of everyone to learn, work and live in a just community being treated with equal respect.
Discrimination on the basis of culture, race, sex, physical or intellectual ability is not accepted.
Behaviour which could offend or upset is not welcome here.

7.         THE SCHOOL DAY

School hours are from 8.45 a.m. to 12 noon and 1.15 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. for all our children.
Teaching hours are 23 hours and 45 minutes.
The first school bell rings at 8.40 a.m to signal the start of registration, and school begins at 8.45 a.m.
For security reasons all cloakroom doors will be locked at 8.45 a.m, which is signalled by a second bell.
Late arrivals must enter by the main entrance next to the school office.

Nursery Hours are 8.45 am – 11.45 am and 12.30 pm – 3.30 pm.


We do our very best to make school a positive and happy experience for all our children and their families. However, we understand that at times we you may have concerns or complaints.

Any parents who may have a problem or complaint should first bring it to the class teacher, then if required, to the notice of the Head Teacher.  If unresolved it should be brought before the Governors of the school.

If you would like to make a comment or complaint anonymously there is a comment box in the main entrance where you can post your comment. This box is only accessed by the Headteacher.

In addition the Governors run a ‘Parents Voice’ meeting regularly where your comments and concerns can be brought to the Governors attention so that they can hold the school to account on the parents behalf.

Details of the complaints procedure relating to the curriculum and other related matters is available from the school or from: –

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
Directorate of Education Services
Civic Office
South Yorkshire


Open Evenings
All children are assessed on a half- termly basis and written reports are issued to parents at the end of the year.
Three open evenings are held to discuss with parents the child’s progress throughout the year.
Please feel welcome to make an appointment to speak to your child’s class teacher or the head teacher at any time if you have a concern.

School Meals
All children in Reception and Key Stage 1 are eligible for a free school meal regardless of parental income.  Midday meals cost £2.00 per meal for children in Key Stage 2.  School meal money should be paid in advance via ParentPay.

Fruit and Vegetables
All pupils in Foundation Stage and in Key Stage 1 are provided daily with a piece of fruit or vegetable. In Key Stage 2 children are encouraged to bring a piece of fruit as a healthy snack.

Free Meals
Families on low income may be entitled to free school meals.  If you think your child may be eligible, an application form may be obtained from school or from Doncaster Council.

Breakfast Club
The school runs a healthy eating breakfast club at a cost of £2.00 per day (to be paid in advance via ParentPay).
The Breakfast Club starts at 8:00am and children can be dropped off at school from this time. They will be fully supervised from 8:00am until the start of the school day at 8:40am.

School milk is provided by the ‘Cool Milk’ scheme. Should parents wish their child to have milk every day then they need to register their child with the scheme. This can be done very easily on line and various methods of payment are available. Parents will receive information about how to register in a leaflet that will be sent home once children are admitted to school.

A charge is made to parents who wish their children to receive milk. Children who are eligible for free school meals, are also entitled to receive free milk, though parents will need to complete the free school meals application in order to access the free milk.

In the interests of encouraging children to adopt a healthy lifestyle, and also to ensure that they are in the best physical state to learn we encourage all children to bring a named water bottle to school so that they can have a drink when necessary. We allow only water to be brought to school.

School holiday dates are sent out to parents before the start of the year and are also on our school website.
A change in legislation from September 2013 does not allow any child to be absent from school for the purpose of a family holiday unless exceptional circumstances can be proven.
Should a holiday be taken in term time, even if authorised it will still be included on the child’s absence record. Holidays taken in term time can result in parents receiving a fine.

If absence is unavoidable please inform the school by telephone the same day.  The school will ring at approximately 9.30 a.m. if a message has not been left explaining the child’s absence. We work very closely with our Educational Welfare Officer to ensure attendance levels remain at an acceptable level.  Good attendance is at least 96%. Any attendance less than 90% may result in the involvement of the Education Welfare officer.  Special circumstances of prolonged absence can be discussed with the Head Teacher.

In common with other schools in the D.M.B.C. corporal punishment is not practised.  Parents will be spoken to by staff in the first instance, and then informed by letter if behaviour is unacceptable. If behaviour continues to be a problem and all available support has been put in place then the head teacher may exclude a pupil.

Further information can be obtained from the school’s Behaviour Policy and Guidance for Parents booklet- available from the office and on the school website.


The school nurse visits regularly for routine medical checks and gives general advice.
Cuts, grazes and other minor injuries resulting from play will be dealt with in school.
In the case of illness or an accident, the school will immediately contact the parents where available or the nominated contact number.
We ask that parents keep school up to date with any changes in their child’s medical condition that may affect learning and also ensure that up to date contact information ( eg telephone numbers) are given to the office staff .
The majority of staff in school hold current Emergency First Aid certificates. Two staff in Foundation Stage also hold the Paediatric First Aid qualification as do members of the office staff.

Administering Medication
Designated school staff will administer medication. Medicines must be clearly labelled with the child’s name. Parents/guardians are required to fill in the appropriate forms. Please note that it is not a legal requirement for any staff member to administer medication. Medication will only be administered if prescribed by a doctor or pharmacist, clearly labelled with the child’s name and dose and is required to be taken more than three times a day.

If your child has asthma, please ensure that a named, up to date blue inhaler is in school at all times. Should an inhaler not be in school for a child who is registered asthmatic this may result in them being unable to take part in a school visit or year 5 swimming lessons. This is due to risk management. We have to be able to access a child’s correct medication quickly, in the event that they experience an attack.


We aim to foster a love of learning and provide as many first-hand, practical opportunities as possible.

Curriculum Organisation
In Foundation Stage the children follow the Early Years/ Foundation Stage curriculum.
All children from Year 1  will follow the National Curriculum programmes of study in the key areas of:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • R.E.
  • Information and Communication Technology

It is important to us that every child has balanced coverage across the full spectrum of the curriculum, including:

  • Design and Technology
  • History
  • Geography
  • Music
  • Art
  • Physical Education.

All children also follow a course of Personal, Social, and Health Education.

Further information can be found on the school website.

We also provide meetings at the start of the school year for reception parents, with a focus on the Early years Foundation Stage curriculum and for parents of all other year groups on how we teach reading and calculation in every year group in school.

Curriculum Provision

Literacy and Numeracy
All children have daily access to the programme of study, relevant to their year group/need for both Literacy and Numeracy. These requirements are statutory and are not negotiable.

Foundation Subjects
Music – Children are offered the opportunity to play a variety of musical instruments in class through music lessons. Peripatetic music teachers offer specialised tuition. Instrumental lessons are subject to availability of tuition. The governors reserve the right to make a charge for full or part payment of specialist tuition.

Drama – Drama is an integral part of the English Curriculum. Further to this all children experience drama in the form of small productions for a wider audience such as parents’ assemblies and invited guests.  The children are also given the opportunity to perform their ideas for other classes.

Physical Education and Sport – The children have approximately 2 hours of physical education per week in school time.  These lessons include large and small apparatus work, dance and games. We participate in netball, rounders, football and cricket matches with other schools.  All children in Year 5 have swimming lessons once a week unless there is a medical reason for not doing so.

The Arts – the school’s aim is to provide opportunities within and outside the National Curriculum which will widen their cultural understanding and knowledge of the Arts. Experiencing a wide variety of events/visits/sounds/dance/exhibits relating to the Arts is vital to the development of the whole child.

These experiences will be in the form of:

  • Regular visits to museums, exhibitions, galleries etc,
  • Children’s involvement with exhibitions in school,
  • Musical concerts both in and out of school,
  • Multicultural studies,
  • Opportunity to listen to, and compose, music
  • Singing songs from musicals and different ages and cultures.

Religious Education – the school works to the Doncaster Agreed Syllabus for the teaching of R.E. This includes teaching about a range of faiths though the school has a Christian distinctiveness and Christian values at its heart.


A child may have special educational needs at some time in their school career.  We aim to identify these as early as possible and make extra provision following the guidelines in the Code of Practice.  As far as possible this support will be provided within the class but occasionally the child may be withdrawn for a specific purpose.

From the school budget we have employed Learning Support Staff specifically for children identified as having a learning difficulty.

Fundamental to our Early Intervention/Special Needs Policy is the involvement of parents, both at home and in school.

The Governing Body ensures through the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities coordinator and inclusion team that pupils with special needs join in everyday activities.

At each stage of the process we welcome and encourage parents’ involvement in the child’s programmes of study and will inform you fully of your child’s progress.

Please see our policy on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities which gives detailed information regarding all aspects of SEND. This is available from school on request and also on the school website.


Access by wheelchair is possible through the front reception area, Reception class room entrance, Year two entrance and the Church entrance.

The named toilet for the disabled is in the administration block and is wide enough to meet the requirements of wheelchair access.

The school is a one storey building and therefore access to all areas of the school is possible for those in a wheelchair.


Out of school activities currently include:-  netball, basketball, football, cricket, athletics, rounders, art club, cooking club, reading club, running club and choir.

Other clubs are provided from time to time depending on the specialisms of the staff and the availability of outside providers. There is no charge made for clubs provided by school staff.


Educational visits are an important part of the school curriculum as they provide the child with first hand experiences and provide stimulus for class work.

All children will take part in such visits with the parent’s permission.

Parents will be asked to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of the visit.

We rely on these contributions for such visits to take place. If there are insufficient voluntary contributions, visits may have to be cancelled.

During their final year the children will be able to take part in a residential visit.  Parents will be advised of the Local Authority scheme for reclaiming part of the cost in certain circumstances.

Only licensed carriers and coaches with seat belts are used to transport children on school visits.


Winter Uniform-all year if wished

Boys:               Plain white or light blue polo shirt ( up to the end of Year 2)

Plain white or light blue long or short sleeved shirt ( for K S 2 pupils)

 *Royal blue tie (optional up the end of Year 2)

 *Royal blue school sweatshirt or Royal blue v-necked pullover

 Long grey trousers – all years

Girls:                Plain white or light blue long sleeved shirt/blouse

 Royal blue tie (optional up to the end of year 2)

 Royal blue school sweatshirt or Royal blue cardigan or v-necked


 Knee length – grey skirt/pinafore dress

 Grey culottes may be worn

 White socks

 Grey tights

 Long grey trousers – all years



Sensible black school shoes should be worn. (If possible without deep grooves and a sensible sized heel.)

Trainers and boots are not acceptable for indoor wear.


Summer Uniform-optional in summer term

Boys:               White or sky blue school polo shirt or

 White polo shirt or short sleeved white or blue shirt

 Choice of long/short trousers in all years

 Grey socks

 Royal blue school sweatshirt or Royal blue v-necked sweatshirt

Girls:                White or sky blue school polo shirt or

 White polo shirt or plain short sleeved white or sky blue blouse

 Grey skirt

 Blue and white checked/striped dress

 White socks only (no tights)


Plain long sleeved white shirt with tie is requested for special occasions.

Hair should be smart and, where hair is long it should be worn tied back  if at all possible. This is for safety reasons. Hair accessories should be minimal eg  small hair clips, thin head bands and small bows in school colours of blue and white.

Haircuts with patterns cut into them or extreme hair styles are not acceptable.


Sensible school shoes or sandals – For safety reasons open toed sandals, jelly shoes or plastic sandals and high heeled shoes are not acceptable in school.


For health and safety reasons we request that no jewellery is worn in school. Children may wear a watch. We would prefer that ear-rings are not worn, though a small pair of stud type ear rings is acceptable.

Sports Uniform


 Black leotard                                       )

 Navy shorts                                         ) all year groups

 White polo shirt                                   )



 White polo shirt                                   )

 Navy shorts                                         ) all year groups



If the child wears a white polo shirt as part of school uniform, will you please ensure

he/she has a spare one for P.E.

Sports Footwear – indoors – no shoes

 outdoors – years 2/3/4/5/6 – trainers

Tracksuits will be allowed for outdoor games in cold weather.

Please note that in Reception children do lots of Physical Development outdoors every day, in our outdoor area. Therefore they do not have formal P. E. Lessons until towards the end of the summer term and will not need PE kits until then.



All parents automatically become members of this association and are most welcome to join in any events. Regular letters giving information about organised social and fundraising events are sent home with the children.

We would love to see new faces at our meetings and events- you will be made very welcome!



Home learning will be set in accordance with the school policy. Reading should be done every night and is a key home learning activity. In addition all year groups will have a creative home learning grid  linked to their topic learning  for each half term. Other homework such as maths will be given to all pupils in years 3 to 6 weekly. There may be additional homework given at other times.

Home learning will cover a range of curriculum subjects and may research and fact finding exercises as well as creative work and practice of skills learned in school.

Your co-operation and assistance with the tasks set is highly valued.


The children are in the overall care of the Head Teacher or, in her absence, the Deputy Head.

This responsibility is delegated at various times during the school day to the class teachers, school assistants and midday supervisory assistants.

The parish clergy also have pastoral oversight of the pupils and of the adults employed at the school.



We have a 26 place Nursery offering enjoyable play based learning to 3 and 4 year old children. Children are invited to attend either a morning or an afternoon session five days a week. Close links between the Nursery and the Reception staff help children to prepare for a successful move into their Reception classes at the end of their time in Nursery.


If your child is starting school in our Reception class in September a half day session is arranged towards the end of the Summer Term when your child can take part in a range of normal classroom activities and get to know his/her class teacher and to have a school meal with their parent.  A meeting also takes place, at the end of June, for parents of new starters.


At Canon Popham Church of England Primary and Nursery School we take our safeguarding responsibilities very seriously.

All staff are DBS checked.

All staff are expected to maintain the highest standards of good practice at all times.

If parents have any concerns regarding the safeguarding or welfare of the pupils in our care, please speak to the Head Teacher.


Designated Safeguarding Officer- Mrs. A. Navas

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer- Mrs. J. Shelton