How have our results changed over time?
The children’s individual achievements are tracked through a data package that enables the staff and Governors to identify if the children are under, over or in line with their expected progress. At Key Stage 1 the results show improvements in Reading and Maths in Level 2 and 3 compared to previous years. There was a drop in the number of children achieving level 3 in Writing and this has become a focus for improvement. The ‘value added’ from Key Stage 1 to 2 has been maintained overall with the majority of children achieving as or better than expected, compared to previous years.
Unfortunately, with small year groups of 10 pupils or less, our statistical data & SATs results are not published as it does not give reliable information about the whole school performance over time. However, the school can be contacted at any time to discuss data & results.
How are we making sure we are meeting the learning needs of individual pupils?
All children are assessed when they join the school and regular assessments take place throughout the year. Tests are used to check progress in reading, spelling and maths and the results are recorded on pupil’s individual tracking sheets. Support programmes are put in place by our Special Needs Teacher for individuals or groups of children, who also organises specialised movement groups for children who need to improve their physical co-ordination.
Teachers plan and assess their work carefully to challenge the more able. Our Gifted & Talented Coordinator monitors lesson plans & supports the teaching of these children. We have experienced Teaching Assistants (including a Higher Level Teaching Assistant) who support the children in all areas of work. The staff strengths balance each other and the whole team strive to provide a challenging but fun element to learning where children have the lessons tailored to their individual needs. High quality teaching was identified in our recent OFSTED and staff are supported in ongoing training to ensure that the children have access to up-to-date resources and teaching strategies.
How do we make sure our pupils are healthy, safe and well-supported?
We aim to provide a safe environment where a child feels secure to discuss issues with any member of staff & where they feel listened to. Good behaviour is expected and rewarded. Positive attitudes & respect for others are celebrated through the ‘Hands of Friendship’ book and Superstars Assembly.
Healthy lifestyles are promoted in the school. The pupils bring healthy packed lunches and the lunchtime staff promote fruit competitions, etc. The children have access to fruit & milk & their water bottles are always available.
The School Nurse works alongside pupils discussing health and fitness issues. Physical activities take place during the day & after school. Risk assessments are carried out regularly to ensure safe working & play areas & children are taught how to keep themselves safe.
What activities are available to pupils?
Extra curricular activities include Tag Rugby, Netball, gymnastics, cricket, crafts, chess and French club. Drama club presented two Shakespeare plays. All children from Year 1 upwards learn to swim. The older children experience outward bound activities such as sailing, windsurfing, kayaking & rafting.
Children play the recorder from Year 1 and then violin, cello, trumpet, trombone, flute, clarinet, keyboard or guitar & can all take part in the school orchestra. The older children take part in a small schools festival & the older boys have taken part in an LEA ‘Boys can sing!’ workshop.
Year 4, 5 & 6 pupils attend a week’s residential visit, while the rest of the school hold a themed arts week. Educational visits are arranged as well as visitors coming into school e.g. street jazz dancers.
How are we working with parents and the community?
Parent/school partnership is an important aspect in the success of our school. The head teacher/class teacher meets all new parents before their children start school. Our PTA organises parent mentors for new parents & provides us with extra resources. They help in the school with a range of activities. Parents give feedback through the annual parents & exit questionnaires & issues are considered for discussion. Parents are invited to use the School Council Suggestion box. Parent workshops have taken place in Maths & Learning Styles.
We visit the local church for services and the Vicar takes a monthly assembly. The village members are invited to school performances, services & events. Older residents have been to talk about their war experiences.
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