A quality learning

environment which develops

learners to take control of

their own learning’











Mellor Primary










Telephone: 0116 2946099 / 2946098


Leicester City Council







Dear Parent/Carer


This prospectus is intended as an introduction to Mellor Community Primary School and Cross Corners Arts Centre.


Our main aim is to encourage a passion for learning and to involve the children and parents in as many aspects of school life as possible.


As a community school with a considerable range of activities, we aim to enable all ages to extend their experience through life-long learning opportunities.


We hope after reading our prospectus you feel sufficiently welcome to work with us and become involved in our school community.


If you need any of the information about the school in a different language, please see the office.


Nik Foster

Mission Statement

We believe in an active school community, enriched by a diversity of cultures. We are committed to offering a welcoming and well resourced environment in which all learners recognise and celebrate their shared achievements.  We believe that all children are entitled to a curriculum, which offers challenges and support to enable them to reach their full potential.

Mellor's Core Values

At Mellor we provide:

Vision Statement

Be the best you can be.


Staffing Organisation

Chair of Governors:                                         Jasbir Mann

Headteacher:                                                  Nik Foster 

KS2 Deputy Headteacher:                                  Asif Esat

EYFS/KS1 Deputy Headteacher and SENCo:           Lisa Cooke

EYFS Assistant Head:                                        Jade Pope

KS2 Lower Assistant Head:                                Antony Hibble

KS1 Associate Assistant Head:                            Saleha Patel

KS2 Upper Associate Assistant Head:                    Sony Amir

A full staffing list is available at the school’s reception office.






Term dates                                                                                   4

Starting School                                                                             5

School Times                                                                                5

Registration, Attendance and Absence                                             5

Absence from school                                                                 6

Collecting children from school                                                        6                      

School meals at Mellor                                                                   6

Food and Nutrition                                                                        6

Looking after your child – Health and Safety                                    6

Child Protection: Safeguarding Children information for parents          7

Complaints Procedure                                                                    7

Health and Safety Policy                                                                7

Holidays                                                                                       8

Administering medication                                                           8

Health Plan                                                                                  8

Nursery & Reception (Part time & Full time Nursery)                         8

The Curriculum in KS1 and KS2                                                      8

English                                                                                        9

Maths                                                                                          9

Library                                                                                         11

Assemblies                                                                              11

English as an additional language                                                   11

Special Educational Needs                                                                   11

Physical Education                                                                         11

Arts                                                                                             12

Drug Education                                                                             12

Homework                                                                                   12

Charging Activities                                                                    13

Family Learning and Parenting Co-ordinator                                     13

Positive Behaviour Management                                                     13

School Council                                                                              13

Key Stage Results                                                                     13

Extra-Curricular Activities                                                               13

Community Activities                                                                     14

Community activities & Community Cohesion Statement                           14

School dress code                                                                     15

Documents available in school                                                     16

Data Protection                                                                       16                                 



If you need any of this information about the school in your language, please see the office.


Please log on to the school website for all policies or ask at the office for a copy.








Term dates and school holidays 2020/21

Autumn 1st half term 2020

35 Days

Schools Open

Tuesday 01st September 2020

Bank Holiday

Monday 31st August 2020

Schools Close

Friday 16th October 2020

Autumn Half Term Holiday

Monday 19th October 2020 to Friday 23rd October 2020

Autumn 2nd half term 2020

40 Days

Schools Open

Monday 26th October 2020

Schools Close

Friday 18th December 2020

Christmas & New Year Holiday

Monday 21st December 2020 to Monday 4th January 2021

Spring 1st half term 2021

29 Days

Schools Open

Tuesday 5th January 2021

Schools Close

Friday 12th February 2021

Spring Half Term Holiday

Monday 15th February 2021 to Friday 19th February 2021

Spring 2nd half term 2021

25 Days

Schools Open

Monday 22nd February 2021

Schools Close

Friday 26th March 2021

Easter Holidays

Monday 29th 2021 to Friday 9th April 2021

Summer 1st half term 2021

34 Days

Schools Open

Monday 12th April 2021

May Bank Holiday

Monday 3rd May 2021

Schools Close

Friday 28th May 2021

Summer Half Term Holiday

Monday 31st May 2021 to Friday 4th June 2021

Summer 2nd half term 2021

25 Days

Schools Open

Monday 7th June 2021

Schools Close

Friday 9th July 2021

Summer Holiday begins

Monday 12th July 2021


Total number of school days



Inset Training Days:                                                             

             Monday 24th until 28th August 2020

Monday 4th January 2021

Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th July 2021  

Please Note: On inset days, pupils are not required to attend school


Bank Holidays:

31st August 2020

25th & 28th December 2020

1st January 2021

2nd & 5th April 2021

3rd May 2021

31st May 2021




Starting School

Admission to Mellor Community Primary School






School Times


In line with Government guidance during the current pandemic we are operating a staggered start and end times to the school day. Each Year Group will operate as a year group bubble. Please make sure that your child arrives and is collected on time. This is important to help us maintain social distancing practices in order to keep everyone safe.


Key Stage 1

Children to enter school via the EYFS/ KS1 Checketts Road gate following the one way system. Children will then line up in front of their teacher on the allocated playground space. No parents should enter the playground.



School Starts

Morning Break


School Ends

Year 1





Year 2







Key Stage 2

Children to enter school via the KS2 Checketts Road gate following the one way system. Children will then line up in front of their teacher on the allocated playground space. No parents should enter the playground.



School Starts

Morning Break


School Ends

Year 3





Year 4





Year 5





Year 6






Reception (Full Time)

Children to enter school via the EYFS/ KS1 Checketts Road gate. They will follow the one way system and line up with their parent on the allocated space outside their classroom door until the teacher opens the classroom door. Please note no parents will be allowed into the school building.


School Starts


School Ends













Nursery (Part Time)


School Starts

School Ends

Morning Session



Afternoon Session



Children to enter school via the EYFS/ KS1 Checketts Road gate. They will follow the one way system and line up with their parent on the allocated space outside their classroom door until the teacher opens the classroom door. Please note no parents will be allowed into the school building.








Registration Attendance and Absence

It is imperative that children arrive and are collected at their allocated times. Registration will then take place in Year Group bubbles once they are in school. Please note only one adult per family are to drop off and collect their child/ children.

If your child arrives after this time, it is essential that you take your child to the school office. If your child is absent and you have informed us of the reason, an authorised absence mark is recorded.  If we do not know why your child is absent, an unauthorised absence mark will be recorded.  In accordance with the 1991 Education Act, we are obliged to publish details of authorised and unauthorised absences.

If you or your child have any Covid 19 symptoms whilst you are at home, you must not come to school. Please inform the school office via telephone or email. Where a child is shielding or isolating due to a positive test result your child will be marked with an X code and this will not affect their attendance.


Please help us to encourage your child’s learning by ensuring that they are at school on every possible day.




Attendance figures for 2018/19 were as follows:




School Target





Absence from school

If parents intend to withdraw a child from school, during school hours, for any reason, prior notice should be given in writing. Please make your child’s appointments in the school holidays or after school hours.


Collecting children from school

Children will only be released to a parent or known representative of the parent.  This will only be for urgent family reasons or urgent medical attention. You will need to put a request in writing and hand it in to the office.

School Meals at Mellor

The Mellor Community Primary School kitchens aim to provide the children and staff of the school with a well-balanced diet providing a choice for vegetarians and non-vegetarians.


Meals Cost £11.50 per week.


Children can also bring a packed lunch or go home at dinner time. 

Changes in lunch time arrangements can only be made at half termly intervals


Food and Nutrition

The school is dedicated to providing an environment that promotes healthy eating and enabling pupils to make informed choices about the food they eat. This will be achieved by the whole school approach to food and nutrition documented in the whole school food policy. This policy covers all aspects of food and drink at school.


The policy is published on the school website in order to inform the school community. It is adhered to by all groups involved with the teaching/serving/cooking of food/drink in school during the day.


The nutritional principles of this policy are based on current evidence based findings; and the ‘eatwell plate’ is the agreed model for ensuring a healthy balanced diet. www.eatwell.gov.uk

See Food Policy


Looking After Your Child – Health and safety






§  We have a number of qualified first-aiders at Mellor Community Primary School and any incident requiring first aid will be dealt with, and recorded, by them.  Parents are always contacted when necessary.


Child Protection: Safeguarding Children – information for parents


Our school feels it is of the utmost importance to have good systems for protecting children and safeguarding their welfare, throughout all the activities which the school undertakes. This means that staff and volunteers must be alert to possible concerns about every pupil, and to report these in a proper fashion. The school has a safeguarding and child protection policy; parents may request a copy of this.


It is important for parents to be aware that:

See Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy


Complaint Procedure


If you have a concern or query about the school curriculum, including religious education and collective worship, you should contact the school so that the matter can be discussed with the Headteacher and/or members of staff.  We expect that the majority of questions and anxieties will be dealt with in this way.  If complaints cannot be resolved, then you can contact the chair of governors in the first instance and then the LA should you feel it necessary to do so.


The LA cannot consider any complaint, which has not previously been directed to the school.

See complaints and procedures policy


Health and Safety Policy


At Mellor we have a Health and Safety Policy which runs in line with the Leicester City Health and Safety recommendations.  This ensures that all pupils, staff and visitors to Mellor Community Primary School and Cross Corners Art Centre work in a safe environment.

See Health and Safety Policy.






Administrating Medicines


The responsibility for the administrating of medicines to children in school lies with the parent.  No Headteacher, teacher or support worker can be requested to administer medicine in school (unless 1. Medically qualified 2. They are specifically appointed to a post relating solely to the medical care of pupils 3. There is an agreed health plan for the child in place).


Health Plan


If a child requires a health care plan, the school SENCo in collaboration with other health professionals will draw up a plan including relevant training for any staff who will administer medicine or medical procedures.


Curriculum Information


Nursery & Reception (Part time & Full time Nursery)


The workers in the Foundation Stage aim to provide a creative, stimulating, caring and safe environment.


We offer support to families and work with parents to extend and develop the education process already begun at home.


The Foundation staff are available to meet with parents should you wish to discuss anything or find out more about the school.

Please visit the Foundation stage information on the school website.

See Foundation Stage Policy


The Curriculum in KS1 and KS2


The core subjects are English, Maths and Science. The other foundation subjects are Computing, Art, Design Technology, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, PSHE (Personal Health & Social Education) Religious Education and Modern Foreign Language (in Ks2). 


These subject areas cover the range of knowledge, skills and understanding which are accepted as necessary for a broad and balanced curriculum. Increasingly, the school is integrating the foundation subjects, using a cross curricular topic based approach.


The school provides many creative learning opportunities through our Cross Corners Arts Centre and by virtue of Expressive Arts Co-ordinator who will support staff with the creative delivery of lessons.






At Mellor we ensure the children have access to the following;

·         Texts which are a rich as possible in both language and of high interest

·         Regular opportunities to use of the school and Belgrave library

·         Opportunities for talk for writing through development of vocabulary and Oracy skills.

·         Regular opportunities for teachers to model specific strategies and skills for reading, writing and phonics in whole class or small groups

·         Regular opportunities for children to apply taught strategies in their reading, writing and phonics

·         Opportunities to reflect, improve and up level their work

·         Maximise the use of active, kinaesthetic and experiences to stimulate creativity

·         Opportunities for reading and writing sessions to be linked to experiential learning and topics being taught


Children in the EYFS, Year 1 and 2 take part in daily phonics sessions. We use a structured Synthetic Phonics programme by KTC (Knowledge Transfer Centre). All staff have been fully trained to ensure a consistent and systematic approach is used across the school and phases. Additional Phonics sessions are delivered in KS2 as part of the interventions we offer at Mellor.


Children in EYFS and KS1 use PM bench mark books and take part in guided and shared reading sessions throughout the week. Children have the opportunity to read and discuss a book, short story or non-fiction text in a small group with their class teacher. Once children are confident and fluent, they are exposed to a wide variety of text types and books and supported to develop their high order thinking skills of deduction and inference. Children in the EYFS and KS 1 take part in whole class shared reading sessions using big book or a quality text. Children have the opportunity to read the book alongside the class teacher and often discuss the books, make predictions and hunt for key sight words they are learning.

In KS2 the children follow the reciprocal reading approach and focus on developing the four key skills of comprehension: predicting, clarifying, questioning and summarising. Reading sessions make opportunities for shared, guided and independent learning. They are exposed to a variety of text types, short stories and extracts which are often linked to the topics the children are studying.


Children in the EYFS follow the KTC shared and guided writing programme. Whole class shared writing takes place on a weekly basis and is often linked to the big book the class is reading. Shared writing allows the opportunity for the class teacher to model key writing strategies such as, finger spaces, capital letters, sight words and phonics strategies when writing unfamiliar words. Children get the opportunity to write independently and apply the strategies taught during a small group guided wiring sessions once a week with their teacher.

In KS1, writing is focused around a stimuli or experiential learning opportunity. They have the opportunity to learn new vocabulary and grammar is linked accordingly. The children use talk for writing, story boards, word banks, drama, story boards to support their writing.  Children have the opportunity to up level, edit and improve their writing through whole class and small group discussion with their class teacher. 

In KS2, the children follow a writing procedure that runs in approximately 3 week cycles throughout the year. The cycle begins by teaching selected grammar skills, a build up to planning and an opportunity for independent writing. Children then evaluate their work before the teacher marks it. Once marked, the children have the opportunity to edit, improve and up level their piece of writing. 




Our mathematics curriculum equips pupils with tools that include the ability to calculate securely in all four operations, a comprehensive understanding of the number system, problem-solving skills, and the ability to think in abstract ways. It is designed to enable children to learn key skills, practise, consolidate and apply them and then to master them. Children learn about mathematics wherever possible in a context so that they understand how it relates to real life.



Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child’s ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives.


Through our mathematics lessons at Mellor it is our aim to develop:



Teaching and learning style

The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in mathematics lessons. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in mathematics. We do this through a daily mathematics lesson where children are given opportunities for:



See Numeracy Section on school website





We have a small high-quality library and the children at Mellor Community Primary School have a weekly opportunity to borrow books across a whole range of interests.  There are also opportunities for children to practice their research and enquiry skills and to work on activities and projects in a supportive and interesting environment. A part-time librarian works closely with staff to support the curriculum at Mellor Community Primary School.

See Library Policy




Assemblies take place daily within classes, once a week child will focus on a religion of the world during this time.

Every week children meet in double year groups for a phase assembly which is led by a member of SLT.

Whole school assemblies offer a chance to celebrate the many religious festivals and achievements of our children.  Friends and parents are most welcome to join with us at these special times. 


English as an Additional Language or whose Home Language is other than English


All teachers are trained to include children regardless of English language proficiency. We also employ bilingual teaching assistants and a Family Learning and parenting co-ordinator.  They work in partnership with class teachers to support pupils develop their English language and community language skills.

See EAL Policy


Special Educational Needs


It is important that all children at Mellor Community Primary School have every opportunity to achieve their full potential and our Special Needs Policy lays out the framework for this to happen.  It is every teacher’s task to support the children with special needs to experience success.  In partnership with parents we will differentiate to meet individual needs and consider how children will progress and the support required for them to do so.


We comply with current legislation regarding access for children with disabilities.

Lisa Cooke is the Special Needs Co-ordinators (SENCO) and is available if you wish to discuss any areas of special needs provision.


Physical Education


We aim to promote:-


We aim to develop positive attitudes towards:-


The following table shows where each area of activity is taught, as outlined in the P.E. National Curriculum document:-

Area of Activity

Foundation Stage














Athletic activities



Outdoor & adventurous activities



Due to COVID-19, we are currently limiting P.E. to non-contact Games, Athletic activities and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities as we are only using outside space. These activities have been tailored to ensure that we adhere to the Mellor P.E. protocols and social distancing restrictions.


See PE Policy







Mellor is proud to be at the forefront of promoting the visual and performing arts and for the running of Cross Corners Art Centre, situated within the Belgrave Hall Museum complex.  Mellor believes that involvement in the arts improves a child’s confidence, patience and perseverance. Our creative curriculum also encourages teachers to present the curriculum in interesting and innovative ways.


See Arts Statement


Drug Education


The increase in drug misuse by young people reinforces the importance for schools of keeping drug education under review.  The purpose of drug education at Mellor Community Primary School is to give our pupils the knowledge, skills and attitudes to appreciate the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and relate these to their own actions, both now and in their future lives.

See Drug Education Policy



At Mellor Community Primary School we believe that homework is not an optional extra, but an essential part of a good education.


Parents should know what homework their children are expected to do and the support they themselves should give.  Taking an interest in homework allows parents to see how their children are doing each day and to share in their achievements.


If you would like to know more about Mellor’s Homework Club, please ask at the Reception Office for details.


As they move through the school, we increase the amount of homework that is given to the children.  We expect children in Key Stage 1 to spend approximately one hour a week doing homework, although this may include reading with a parent.  We expect children in years 3 and 4 to spend approximately 15-20 minutes per night on homework, and children in year 5 and 6 to spend approximately 30 minutes per night.

See Homework Policy






Charging Activities

The policy on charging for school activities is that the education provided in school time should, as far as possible, be free.  School trips, visits and practical activities enhance the pupils’ learning and broaden their knowledge and experience.  These are undertaken with the voluntary contributions of parents. However, some activities, in the out of school time, will be possible only if the cost can be met by voluntary contributions from parents and other sources.  You may be asked to make a voluntary contribution for your child to take part in an activity taking place in or outside the school such as swimming, visiting theatres groups or a trip to a museum.


Voluntary contributions

When organising school trips or visits to enrich the curriculum and the educational experience of the children, the school invites parents to contribute to the cost. All contributions are voluntary. If we do not receive sufficient voluntary contributions, we may cancel a trip. The law clearly states the schools may ask for a voluntary contribution from parents to meet the cost as long as it reflects the true cost of each activity.

See Charging Policy


Family Learning and Parenting Coordinator

Coordinators Role


Positive Behaviour Management

At Mellor Community Primary School we aim to establish good relationships and behaviour within a secure caring environment.  We emphasise the ways in which we can create a positive atmosphere, stressing the need for mutual respect.  By talking and listening to each other, adults and children can know how others feel.  In this way we can learn to understand and respect each others beliefs, attitudes and cultures. A Positive People Group supports children with additional behaviour support needs. This group is supported by Nurture Mentors and other staff trained in behaviour management techniques.


See Behaviour and Anti-bullying Policy


School Council

The School has a School Council. Representatives from each year meet with the Deputy heads on a regular basis. School council discuss issues and ideas that are important to them and then look at how to address these.  They also take a key role in fundraising throughout the school year.


Key Stage SAT’s Results

Please see the Statutory Information on the school website for Key Stage 2 Results & School Performance Tables


Extra Curricular Activities

The school offers children the opportunity to become involved in a wide range of extra-curricular activities.  These activities can be signed up to and paid for online.


After school activity timetable is available from the school office.





Community Activities

We offer a wide and growing range of activities at Mellor for children and adults, both in and out of school times.  These are outlined in our regular community timetable which comes out once a term.


Cross Corners opened in 2003 as a Space for Sports & Arts for Mellor Community Primary School. It's a creative space for the school and local community, offering a range of activities throughout the year.


Community Cohesion Statement

Our vision statement recognises the importance of the school’s duty to promote community cohesion under the Education and Inspectors Act 2006.


This policy links with other policies in the school to help eliminate all discrimination, on the grounds of race, gender, gender reassignment, disability, sexuality (including sexual orientation), age, religion and belief. We believe that all pupils, employees, stakeholders and members of our local and global community should be treated with dignity and respect at all times and we will not tolerate bullying, harassment or victimisation of any groups or individuals.


Community cohesion incorporates and goes beyond the concept of race equality and social inclusion. A cohesive community is one where:


·         There is a common vision and sense of belonging for all communities

·         The diversity of people’s different backgrounds and circumstances are appreciated and positively valued

·         Those from different backgrounds have similar life opportunities

·         Strong and positive relationships are being developed between people from different backgrounds in the workplace, in schools and within neighbourhoods


Mellor recognises the needs of all individuals, acknowledging that the society within which we live is enriched by diversity. We strive to ensure that the culture and ethos of the school reflects the diversity of all members of the school community, where everyone is equally valued and treats one another with respect and fairness. Pupils are provided with the opportunity to experience, understand and celebrate diversity.


In the light of the new duty we need to consider how different aspects of our work already support integration and community harmony; to take stock of what has worked well so far. We also need to consider where there may be scope to improve the existing work through a more explicit focus on the impact of the activities on community cohesion.


Broadly, our schools’ contribution to community cohesion can be grouped under the three following headings:


Teaching, learning and curriculum – to teach pupils to understand others, to promote common values and to value diversity, to promote awareness of human rights and of the responsibility to uphold and defend them, and to develop the skills of participation and responsible action.

See Teaching and Learning Policy


Equity and excellence – to ensure equal opportunities for all to succeed at the highest level possible, removing barriers to access and participation in learning and wider activities and eliminating variations in outcomes for different groups.


Engagement and extended services – to provide a means for children, young people and their families to interact with people from different backgrounds and build positive relations, including: links with different schools and communities; the provision of extended services; and opportunities for pupils, families and the wider community to take part in activities and receive services which build positive interaction and achievement for all groups.

See before and after school club activity sheet.


Promoting Community Cohesion

A review and evaluation of the activities which take place in the school will be undertaken on a regular basis to see what is working and what needs to be done next in order to further build cohesion in the school and within the communities we serve. The resulting action plan will be produced as part of this policy and will take the views of governors and stakeholders. The policy will be reviewed every three years.

See Community Cohesion Policy


School Dress Code


Blue, Black or Grey


Sweatshirt/ Cardigans (no hoodies)

Black or Blue Mellor logo top or completely plain top. (No other logos allowed)


Polo Shirts or Cotton Shirts




Plain, all black school shoes or completely black trainers (no white / coloured logos, markings, sole or flashing lights).


PE Kit

Plimsolls and ordinary trainers. 

Shorts – Black or Blue in summer. Black or Blue tracksuits in winter

T shirt tops – White or Blue


Indoor shoes

Black plimsolls to be worn inside at all times.



All children must have a school bag for books and PE equipment.


The Governors are responsible for the school’s dress code policy.


No jewellery should be worn in school.


On health and safety grounds we do not all children to wear jewellery in our school. The exception to this rule are ear-ring studs in pierced ears and small objects of religious significance.

We ask the children either to remove these objects during PE and games, or to cover them with a



School staffs are not responsible for the safe keeping of jewellery and cannot be held responsible

if items go missing.


We ask all parents who send their children to our school to support the dress code policy. We

believe that parents have a duty to send their children to school correctly dressed and ready

for their daily schoolwork. Parents should ensure that their child has the correct dress code, and

that it is clean and in good repair.


If any parent would like the school to modify the dress code policy, they should make

representation, in the first instance, to the head teacher. The school welcomes children from all

backgrounds and faith communities. If there are serious reasons, for example religious objections,

why parents want their child to wear clothes that differ from the dress code; the school will look

sympathetically at such requests.


Similarly, should an item of dress code prove problematic for a pupil with disabilities, then the

parents are invited to draw this to the attention of the Headteacher. The school will not treat

pupils with disabilities unfavourably.


Documents Available for Parents

Please ask the office for copies of school documentation.  Alternatively some school documents are available in a printable format on the school website.  We will continue to update the site with relevant information throughout the school year.


The school website is:    www.mellor.leicester.sch.uk



GDPR and Data Protection

The school and Governors are registered under the Data Protection Act.  In accordance with this registration, information may be disclosed to certain organisations such as the LA, Social Services or the medical profession, but only in exceptional circumstances.


General data protection Regulations (GDPR)

As you may be aware the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is came into force in May 2018 and as we are progressing towards compliance. This is all part of our commitment to compliance and protecting your personal information. 


We know that complete GDPR compliance can only be achieved through a collaborative and transparent approach and we also want to ensure that this is comprehensive and complete. To help and promote compliance we have appointed an external Data Protection Officer.
See Data Protection Policy



Mellor Community Primary School

Checketts Road




Phone: 0116 2946099 / 2946098

Email: office@mellor.leicester.sch.uk

Website: www.mellor.leicester.sch.uk


Cross Corners Art Centre

Thurcaston Road



Phone: 0116 2612730

Email: crosscorners@mellor.leicester.sch.uk