The Ethos of Elmlea Infants' School

  • Stimulating
  • Fun
  • Happy
  • Supportive
  • Challenging
  • Everyone is cared for and valued

Mission Statement

Everybody Matters Everyday

Elmlea Infants’ is an educationally inclusive school, welcoming all children and adults. We recognise individual gifts, talents and differences, celebrate all cultures and religions and value everyone’s opinions.


Aims & Values

Our Aims and Values

These Aims and Values were originally written in 1996 and are reviewed annually, following extensive consultation procedures involving the whole school community.

They underpin all areas of the curriculum, support an explicit programme of Personal and Social Education and sustain the positive ethos of our school.



Pupil and Sport Premium Funding

Pupil Premium 

Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to help raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and to diminish the differences between them and their peers.


Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds:

·         generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school

·         often do not perform as well as their peers

The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve.


“It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” Source – DfE website


At Elmlea Infant School, we have high aspirations and ambitions for our children, and we believe that every child should have equal access to all opportunities. We believe strongly that every pupil, given the right support and expectations, can be motivated to have a passion and thirst for knowledge, and with dedication and commitment to learning, can be successful.

We are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential. Pupil premium funding, along with allocations made from the schools’ own budget will help ensure this money is spent to maximum effect.

Pupil Premium Spending

Our pupil premium money has been used to provide a range of additional support for our children and these interventions, along with quality first teaching have started to have a positive impact on children’s attainment and self-belief.

Through targeted interventions we are working hard to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. One of the trust and schools aims is to ensure that ALL groups of pupils make good progress in order to reach age related expectations as they move through the Infant and Junior schools.

Targeted support is being provided through one-to-one and small group tuition.These interventions support children in knowing where they are and what they need to do to improve their work.

For some pupils a family may have been through unfortunate circumstances, such as a bereavement or family separation, which has put the family into challenging financial circumstances for a period of time.  By using the pupil premium support, we hope to eliminate any barriers to the child’s learning.  The support offered will be tailored to the needs of the  child.  For some it may be a mentor to support the child’s emotional well-being, while for other children it may be in the form of enrichment activities, while for others it may be one to one tuition to ‘catch up’ in maths and English.

Pupil Premium Strategy

Provides the following information:

·         how the pupil premium funding was allocated for the previous academic year
 and the impact of this expenditure on eligible pupils

·         the current funding allocation for the pupil premium grant

·         details of the main barriers to educational achievement for disadvantaged pupils

·         how the allocation will be spent to address the barriers and why these approaches were taken

·         how the school will measure the impact of the pupil premium

·         the date of the next pupil premium strategy review.

How does the School Measure the Impact of Pupil Premium?

To monitor progress on attainment, measures are included in the performance tables that capture the achievement of pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding.  At Elmlea Infant School, our continuous termly cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform pupil progress and enable the early identification of needs, support and appropriate intervention.  Pupil Progress review meetings take place each term and include the Executive Headteacher (Lorraine Wright), the Deputy Headteacher Lee Daubney), the class teacher and the SENDCO (Jane Simmons).


At each Pupil Progress Review meeting, the school reviews the impact of actions taken and plans for how the funding will be specifically allocated over the next phase.  When selecting pupils for Pupil Premium target groups, the school will look at all pupils across the school.  There are some pupils who are not eligible for Pupil Premium who will also benefit from involvement in these groups, if their needs are similar, and we believe progress can be made towards individual targets.

Monitoring the impact of the school’s Pupil Premium strategy is a regular item at both the Trust Executive and School Leadership Team meetings as well as the joint local governing body committee meetings.

Designated staff member in charge of Pupil Premium: Jane Simmons, Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCO)

Nominated governor: Sarah Rosenburg

Eligibility for Pupil Premium and Free School Meals

Pupil Premium is an important payment for schools and a really good opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children in schools.

Pupil Premium is available to:

·         Children currently eligible and claiming free school meals

·         Looked after and previously looked after school (pupils who has left local authority care through adoption, a special guardianship order or child arrangements order)

·         Service Premium for pupils with a parent who:

o    is serving in HM Forces

o    has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence

If you think your child may possibly be eligible for free school meals or pupil premium please do check the information provided Pupil Premium and Free School Meals in Bristol.  If your child attends Elmlea Infant School and is already in receipt of Universal Free School Meals, if they are eligible for Free School Meals, please register as this affects school funding levels.


A parent may wish to check their child’s eligibility for Pupil Premium or free school meals, Bristol City Council has an online system for this.  You will need to enter your name, address, national insurance number or asylum support service number. In addition, you will need to provide your child’s name, date of birth and identify the school they are attending.


Eligibility Criteria for Free School Meals


Your child may be eligible to receive free school meals if you get any of the following:

·         Income Support

·         income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

·         income-related Employment and Support Allowance

·         support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

·         the guaranteed element of Pension Credit

·         Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

·         Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

·         Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

If your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2022.

Every child registered generates valuable income for the school. If you have any questions or would like to know more about Pupil Premium funding and how it is being used to benefit your child at Elmlea Infant or Elmlea Junior School, please speak to Lorraine Wright, Executive Headteacher.

Please find our Pupil Premium Strategy for 2019-2020 in the EIS Policies section.

PE and Sport Premium

The Primary PE and Sport Premium is a government-backed funding initiative aimed at helping primary schools across England improve their physical education and sport provisions.

The Board of Trustees and the joint local governing body committee are responsible for monitoring the impact of the PE and Sport Premium spending and issue an annual report.

Please find our PE and Sport Premium Report 2019-2020 in the EIS Policies section.


News & Events

Elmlea Schools' Trust

Elmlea Schools’ Trust

As a charity and company limited by guarantee, Elmlea Schools Trust (the “Company”) is comprised of and governed by:
  A set of ‘Articles of Association’.  Members who guarantee the liabilities of the Company and review the strategic direction.  A Board of Charitable Trustees (the “Trustees”) who are responsible for, and oversee, the management and administration of the Company and the academies run by the Company.  The Operations, Audit and Risk and Staffing Committees which are responsible for ensuring the highest standards in terms of finance, personnel, premises, health and safety, compliance, services and risk management so that these all contribute fully to maintaining the highest standards and accelerating pupil progress across the Academy Trust.  The joint Local Governing Board ("LGB"), is responsible for, subject to the provisions of a Scheme of Delegation (SoD), the academic achievement of the pupils and safeguarding across the schools.


In July 2019, Elmlea Schools’ Trust was founded. Within the Trust are Elmlea Infant School and Elmlea Junior School. Both schools exist on the same site and all our Elmlea children stay with us for seven years as they move from Reception through to Year 6. It was a logical step for our two schools to be formally joined under one Trust.


Our aim in joining was to offer a seamless journey for our children and their families from Reception to Year 6.  Our journey towards this has been accelerated by the appointment in January 2020 of an Executive Headteacher, Lorraine Wright, as headteacher of both schools. The Members and Trust Board and Joint Local Governing Body ensure our governance is strategic. Our staff teams are outstanding and together we are united in our determination to provide the best educational experience we possibly can to every child who attends Elmlea Schools.



Elmlea Schools’ Trust – Academy Key Information


  • Elmlea Schools' Trust 2018-2019 Annual Report and Audited Accounts
  • Memorandum of association and Articles of Association 
  • Funding Agreement 
  • Register of Business Interests 2019-2020 
  • Scheme of Delegation 
  • Trustee and Governor attendance records 
Please find these policies under the Key Information section. 

Elmlea Schools’ Trust 
Complaints Procedure – Summary for Parents/Carers 

If you have a concern or complaint

We would like you to tell us about it. We welcome suggestions for improving our work in our schools. Be assured that no matter what you want to tell us, our support and respect for you and your child in school will not be affected in any way. Please tell us of your concern as soon as possible. It is difficult for us to investigate properly an incident or problem that happened some time ago.


What to do first

Most concerns and complaints can be sorted out quickly by speaking with your child’s class teacher.

If you have a complaint that you feel should be looked at by the Executive Headteacher in the first instance you can contact her straight away if you prefer. It is usually best to discuss the problem face to face. You may need an appointment to do this and can make one by ringing or calling into the school office. You can take a friend or relative to the appointment with you if you would like to.


All staff will make every effort to resolve your problem informally. They will make sure that they understand what you feel went wrong, and they will explain their own actions to you. They will ask what you would like the school to do to put things right. Of course, this does not mean that in every case they will come round to your point of view, but it will help both you and the school to understand both sides of the issue. It may also help to prevent a similar problem arising again.


What to do next

If you are not satisfied with the teacher’s initial response to your questions or concerns (or with the Executive Headteacher’s initial reaction if she has already been involved) you can make a formal complaint to the Executive Headteacher. This should be made in writing, using the form included in the Elmlea Schools’ Trust published Complaints procedure.


If your complaint is about an action of the Executive Headteacher personally, then you should refer it to the Chair of the Board of Trustees.  You can contact him via the Clerk to Trustees -
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You may also find it helpful at this stage to have a copy of the full statement of the Trusts’ Complaints Procedures as this explains in detail what procedures are followed. This is available from either Elmlea Infant or Elmlea Junior school office or on both school websites.


The Executive Headteacher will ask to meet you to discuss the problem. Again, you may take a friend or someone else with you if you wish. The Executive Headteacher will conduct a full investigation of the complaint and may interview any members of staff or pupils involved. You will receive a written response to your complaint.


If you are still unhappy

The problem will normally be solved before it reaches this stage. However, if you are still not satisfied you may wish to contact the Chair of the Board of Trustees to ask for a referral of your complaint to a Board of Trustees Complaints Panel. It will then be heard by a group of three trustees who have no previous knowledge of the problem and so will be given a fresh assessment. You may be invited to attend and speak to the panel at a meeting that the Executive Headteacher will also attend. The Trust Complaints Procedures explains how these meetings operate.


Further Action

Complaints about school problems are almost always settled within schools but in exceptional cases it may be possible to refer the problem to an outside body such as the Department for Education. Again, there are more details about this in the Trust Complaints Procedure.

The Elmlea Schools’ Trust Complaints Procedure can be found in the website EST Policies section.


Additional information