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What have been our successes this year?

The most recent data reflects our very high aspirations and commitment to learning the needs of all children. The progress and attainment of all children is accelerated in a stimulating and nurturing environment which ensures that children enjoy school.

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?

We value the development of activities which capture children’s imagination, creativity and inspiration. We adopt an approach to learning underpinned by a life skills based approach which builds independence, resilience and self-confidence.

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?

In Foundation Stage progress from attainment on entry to exit is outstanding, with all pupils making or exceeding the expected average points progress, which is 3 Foundation Stage Profile points. Progress in phonics, reading, calculating and physical development is a particular strength.

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?

We treat pupils as individuals and personalise learning to ages, abilities and aptitudes. Teachers plan lessons to take account of different levels of learning and cater well for all pupils according to individual needs and learning styles. Children are told how well they are doing and this results in them having high expectations from school. Individual targets for achievement both academic and social are set. Children’s progress is carefully monitored to make sure they are appropriately challenged and supported in order to ensure they are highly motivated and keen to achieve.

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?

School has the following awards:

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?

A wide range of activities ensure our pupils receive exciting educational activities. These include opportunities to play musical instruments, orchestra, choir and musical productions. Lots of sporting activities are available for all age groups, we are very successful in inter-school competitions and events and involve local sporting clubs and coaches in our PE programmes.

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 are outward looking and seek to build strong links with partners to enrich the learning opportunities for our children.

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?

Children’s positive comments, on school ethos evaluation sheets, tell us that they find aspects of school particularly interesting and exciting. In pupil questioning children state that school most values children’s learning and being caring. Children use words such as fun, exciting, happy, colourful, safe, calm, bright and fair to describe school.

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?

Children leave our school and move to a variety of secondary schools. These include Mirfield Free Grammar and Sixth Form (MFG) and Castle Hall High School. We have very good links with these schools. MFG has Technology College status and their support has impacted on our ICT provision. Castle Hall has Language College status and we are developing the French curriculum throughout Key Stage 2 through our partnership with them. Children make visits prior to transfer and are visited in school by high school staff, in order to facilitate a smooth transition and ensure continuity and success.

What have we done in response to Ofsted?

The school had a very positive Ofsted inspection in October 2006. We were found to be outstanding across all areas.

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.

View our latest Ofsted report

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