I feel extremely privileged to be the Headteacher of our friendly and caring school, where all staff are committed to ensure that every child can succeed.
We have extremely high expectations of ourselves and our children, and continually strive to ensure that children achieve the very best academically and socially, whilst providing them with a firm foundation for life as well as extending their aspirations.
"Leaders have exceptionally high expectations for pupils, including those with Special Educational Needs."
I joined the school as Headteacher in September 2013 and since then, we have made significant improvement in many aspects across the school. This has been reflected in our inspections by Ofsted where the school has progressed from Requires Improvement in 2013 to Good in 2017.
In addition, our KS2 SATs results have continued to improve year-on-year from 52% of Year 6 children achieving the Expected Standard in reading, writing and maths combined in 2013 to 66% in 2019. Despite the challenges and disruption during the pandemic, our children's performance continued to improve in 2022, with 69% achieving the expected standard in reading, writing & maths.
Our staff are a significant strength in our school and their rigour, drive and dedication to personalise children's learning to meet their needs as well as their continual support and encouragement to improve children's confidence and push their learning forward, has resulted in these positive child outcomes and excellent progress.
Support and provision for children with Special Educational Needs and vulnerable children is also a considerable strength of our school and our staff go above and beyond with the range of support and personalised provision for children and their families.
Ethos & Values
Our whole school is continually reflecting upon the challenges our children are to face in their later life and looking at how best to prepare our children to meet these challenges with confidence and determination.
This is reflected in our new curriculum beginning in September 2019, which is based upon three core elements that we feel this generation of children need to know in order to prepare them for the future:
- How to look after ourselves;
- How to look after each other;
- How to look after our planet.
We have a fantastic staff team who only want the very best for all our children and, with the School Community Council members and parent volunteers, are committed and work tirelessly to move our school forward and ensure our children achieve their very best.
Our school is underpinned by our five values which were generated by staff and children.
We expect all children, staff, volunteers and visitors to support and promote our values as follows:
- We are proud of our school and treat everyone and everything with respect;
- We are always kind, polite and honest;
- We are safe and sensible at all times;
- We help and support each other to succeed;
- We have high expectations and a positive attitude - we aim to be the very best.
We all want the very best for your child and our number one priority is to ensure all children are happy in school, to that end, it is vital that parents and school staff communicate regularly. If you ever have any queries or problems please contact us immediately so they can be resolved as soon as possible. Parents can talk or email directly their child's class teacher in the first instance, followed by the Year Leader, SENCo or myself. Contact Mrs Nikki Gunn, Headteacher's PA and Office Manager, on 01243 262317 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment to see the SENCo/Deputy Headteacher or Headteacher.
We are also very open to parent suggestions of how we can improve in order to make things better for parents and children - let us know your thoughts by sending us an email or by completing a Suggestions Form which are available from the inside the lobby at the main entrance.
We would hope to be able to resolve your concerns but if you feel that we have not done so, then you can make an official complaint by following our complaints procedure.
This website provides new & existing parents and visitors a summary of key information about our school including useful downloads, school policies and latest letters. Please also see our school Facebook page for the very latest information, photographs and parent reminders. If you would like further information or would like to book an appointment for a visit, then please do not hesitate to contact us using the tab at the top of the page and we will be more than happy to answer your questions in person.
Philip Craig | Headteacher