Introduction to the Birchwood Federation
From Mrs T Bowman, Executive Head Teacher
and Mr B Main, Chair of Governors
Welcome to the Birchwood Federation Website. We are three schools working together in the Birchwood Community sharing expertise, experience and resources with the aim of providing a first class education for our children. At the same time as working collaboratively, we also retain the advantages of being individual and friendly.
We work closely together and share our Governing Body and some key members of staff including our Executive Headteacher.
Please take the time to have a look at our three individual websites which give more information about each school.
Larchwood Crescent, Lincoln, LN6 0NL
Telephone: 01522 800971
The Lancaster School
82 Jasmin Road, Lincoln, LN6 0QQ
Telephone: 01522 685078 or 01522 690374
Woodlands Infant &
Whitethorn Grove, Birchwood, Lincoln, LN6 0PF
Telephone: 01522 683557
Special Educational Needs & Disabilities
S.E.N.D. within the Birchwood Federation
From Miss C Page, SENCo
At the Birchwood Federation Schools we strive to support all children in accessing an exciting and relevant curriculum. We believe that all pupils have individual needs and that some pupils may require more support than others. In order to do this successfully careful consideration is given to a child's individual needs and particular learning style. The nurture principles are well embedded throughout our school and all children are made to feel valued, individual and important. We, as a school, believe that high quality teaching is the first step in supporting any child to make progress; however we also recognise that for some children there are occasions when further 'additional to and different from' support may be needed to help them in achieving their targets.
What Is The School Offer?
The School Offer has been written with parents and carers for parents and carers. It allows children, parents and carers to understand exactly what our school can offer a child with special educational needs; what provision and resources are available to them as well as understand how their child and family will be supported.
Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo)
If you have any concerns about your child, whether this be social, academic, physical, mental or emotional, please contact Miss Page, SENCo through the form below or speak to your child’s class teacher.
Dates For Your Diary
17 Sep 2020 - Prepare, Not Scare (support for Parents when choosing a Secondary School). This is an online event [open]
23 Sep 2020 - Exploring Autism and Social Communication Differences- Parents/Carers (Gain a better understanding and awareness of Autism and social communication differences and how it affects individuals). This is an online event [open]
Coming 2020 - Sleep workshop
Who Can Help?
Primary School Parents' Guide to Online Safety
Whether we like it or not, technology and the Internet are firmly fixed in our children's lives. Use of the Internet can be a wonderful thing, opening up new worlds and supporting children's learning and development in many ways, as well as being a fun way to relax and keep in touch with friends. however, we are all aware of the pitfalls and dangers of the online community, and since most of the current generation of parents grew up in days before smart-phones, we can feel a little clueless as to how best to protect our children. Here are some ideas which will support your primary child's safety and well-being online.
▸ Set up parental controls on your home broadband and all Internet-enabled devices your child has access to.
▸ Password protect all accounts.
▸ Choose the sites your child has access to on their account.
▸ Make sure your child is using child-safe search engines, such as Swiggle or KidzSearch, and activate 'safe search' options on other search engines such as Google and YouTube.
▸ Switch devices to airplane mode when your child is playing online games. This will prevent them from accidentally making in-app purchases or contacting other players online.
▸ Pay close attention to the age rating on games, apps and films to make sure they are suitable for your child. If you would not allow your child to watch a 15 certificate film, you should not let them play a game with the same rating.
Age 13: Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, Tumblr, Google+, Pinterest, Musical.ly, Skype.
Age 16: WhatsApp.
Age 18: (or 13 with parent's permission): YouTube, Flickr, Keek.
Below are questions that you can ask when listening to your child read;Reading Questions
Speech and Language Links
Lots of free speech and language resources | Free e-books | Free home learning packs | Free access to online phonics games | Play games to support reading | The Communication Trust has many links to different resources | Speech online games | Hearing differences between sounds game | Sound position game | Vocabulary games with free downloads | Learning propositions – on/under/in | Free access trial to phonics games and maths games
Speech and Language Resources
BBQ Question Scene | Beach Question Scene | How Do You Cards | Inference Cards | Name 5 Things | Birthday Party Question Scene | Sentence Ordering | Silly Sentence Maker | What Am I? | When Sorting Activity | Who Question Scenes
How Can I Help My Child In School, At Home?
Goodbye Nappies Potty Training Rhyme | Potty Training Counting Rhyme | My Toilet Reward Chart | My Toilet Reward Chart Instructions | ERIC's Guide to Potty Training | Potty Superhero Certificate | Top Tips Potty Training
To contact our SENCo, please use the form below. *=required feilds
|Mr Brian Main||Chair of Governors,|
|Mrs Lucy Redfern||Vice Chair of Governors,|
Chair of the Standards Committee
|Mr Andy Gant||Co-opted,|
Chair of Finance Committee
|Mr Cliff Penning||Co-opted,|
Vice Chair Finance Committee
|Mr James Todd||Co-opted,|
Vice Chair of Standards Committee
|Miss Naomi Haughton||Co-opted,|
Standards & Finance Committee,
Head of School at Lancaster
|Mr Matthew Davies||Co-opted,|
Standards & Finance Committee,
Head of School at Birchwood Juniors
|Mrs Jude Smith||Parent,|
|Mrs Karen Bannister||Parent,|
|Mrs Yvonne Turner||Partnership||01.04.2019 –|
|Miss Carrie Page||Staff,|
Standards & Finance Committee
|Mrs Tracey Bowman||Ex Officio –|
Executive Head Teacher
Attendance at the current academic year's Full Governing Body meetings and Formal Termly Committee meetings:
|Mr Brian Main||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Mrs Lucy Redfern||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Mr Andy Gant||YES||N/A||NO||N/A||YES||NO||YES||YES||YES|
|Mr Cliff Penning||YES||N/A||YES||N/A||NO||NO||YES||YES||YES|
|Mr James Todd||YES||NO||YES||NO||YES||NO||NO||NO||YES|
|Miss Naomi Haughton||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES||N/A||YES||YES||YES|
|Mr Matthew Davies||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES||N/A||YES||YES||YES|
|Mrs Jude Smith||YES||YES||YES||YES||N/A||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Mrs Karen Bannister||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||NO|
|Mrs Yvonne Turner||YES||N/A||YES||N/A||N/A||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Miss Carrie Page||YES||YES||YES||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||NO||YES|
|Mrs Tracey Bowman||YES||YES||YES||YES||N/A||YES||YES||YES||YES|