What have been our successes this year?
Children have access to excellent, well-planned resources across all year groups.
We have extensive grounds which include recreational, educational and sporting provision.
Children have access to a rich and broad curriculum which is designed to provide them with stimulating, purposeful and learning opportunities. Enhanced ICT provision in all classrooms and in our three suites, provides children with tremendous opportunities for modelling, reporting, recording and revisiting child centred experiences, so that learning opportunities are maximised.
We offer all children a wide range of extra curricular provision.
What are we trying to improve?
Our strategic ICT plan aims to ensure that ICT effectively and appropriately supports learning and achievement across the whole school curriculum. We believe children need to develop the skills necessary to access learning as young adults.
We aim to ensure that all children and families enjoy belonging to our culturally rich school.
How have our results changed over time?
2009 results in KS1 were the best for a number of years, the percentage of pupils achieving levels 2 and 3 was higher than in other schools nationally and within the LA. This is an upward trend.
In Key Stage 2 the results in 2009 were the best ever at 4+ English, reading, writing, maths and science and at level 5 in science, maths and reading.
Results were higher than FFT D (highest 25% of similar schools Nationally) in all areas and at both levels 4+ and 5.
The results at Level 4+ and at level 5 for all pupils in English, writing, maths and science has improved year on year over the past 3 years.
How are we making sure we are meeting the learning needs of individual pupils?
Praise, encouragement, rewards and peer assessments are used to support pupils’ development, help them to see the importance of working hard and how to be effective learners. Members of the school’s support team are used in classrooms to support pupils’ learning, especially where learners have particular or additional needs. We work with parents to accelerate the progress and attainment of children, through partnerships across staff teams and with external agencies.
How do we make sure our pupils are healthy, safe and well-supported?
National Healthy School Investor in Pupils Sports England Active Mark Gold Kirklees Healthy Choices (Our kitchen has an award for high quality, healthy meals.)
Children are provided with excellent programmes for P.E., thirty pupils are trained as sports leaders. They engender teamwork and sportsmanship with younger pupils at lunchtime. We operate a peer counsellor (Befrienders) scheme. Pupil Councils operate across school.
Parents are involved in drug and sex education programmes.
Swimming is taught in Key Stage 2. All children are taught the importance of safety, including road safety, safer cycling, decision making and citizenship. This supports them in making a positive contribution to school life.
Safeguarding procedures, including Child Protection and Risk Assessment Strategies are fully in place across school.
What activities are available to pupils?
Well planned visits and visiting experts in different fields ensure lots of first hand experiences are offered to children and support their learning. French is taught in school. We have a wide range of clubs including choir, orchestra, art club (through “artists in residence”) cooking club and reading club.
Our PSA arranges discos, children’s parties and other social events for children.
How are we working with parents and the community?
We have Parent forums providing support and feedback which strengthen partnerships in decision making.
A variety of events are planned annually to showcase learning strategies and to share initiatives being undertaken in school.
We have an excellent Parent Staff Association, providing a range of fund raising activities in school.
We work well with our feeder settings and have strong partnerships with high schools.
Strategic planning is underpinned by our Governing Body.
As a school we are keen to develop partnerships with people who are excited about children’s learning. We give high regard to nurturing self worth, resilience and self belief across our school community.
What have pupils told us about the school, and what have we done as a result?
The School Council are extremely active within school and are working to produce helpful visual aids, and to liaise with Befrienders to review current monitoring procedures.
Eco-Smart work on suggestions to help improve the school environment.
What do our pupils do after leaving this school?
What have we done in response to Ofsted?
We continue to evaluate our curriculum to ensure we maximise opportunities to improve.
However since our inspection we have continued to develop our intervention to cater for the needs of the “whole” child, pursuing the “Every Child Matters” Agenda with rigour.
If you would like more information about school policies, including our policies on special educational needs and disability, admissions, finance, school food and our complaints procedure, please contact us:
Telephone: 01924 326590