Croyland Primary School September 2019
Our ethos statement:
“A happy school where we become experts in lots of things”.
Our vision statement
A vison statement describes our destination: where we want to go and where we want to be:
Ofsted judged our school to “require improvement “in January 2018. Their recommendations are the focus of this SDIP. At our next inspection, we hope to be evaluated as a good and improving school and one that serves its community well. We hope that in their report, the school is celebrated because it is evident that:
- All children, regardless of their individual need or circumstances, are made welcome, cared for and supported to ensure that their holistic needs are met. Children are well looked after.
- All children are supported in becoming healthy in body and mind, and demonstrate the characteristics of good citizens both in and out of school. Children choose and maintain healthy lifestyles and make principled decisions regarding their actions.
- The importance of education is understood by all pupils. Opportunities and experiences enrich the school day to embed a sense of ambition and a love of learning for its own sake. Children are excited by learning.
- All pupils make good progress and are academically prepared for the next phase of their education with a growing number of pupils, year on year, demonstrating the effective education they have received here, through greater depth outcomes. Children are well prepared for the next phase of their education.
- School leaders have developed innovative and effective approaches to learning and to meet the needs of the whole child. Leaders make a sustained and positive difference to children’s lives.
- All teachers are ambitious for their pupils and they make the best use of tracking and assessment systems and professional development in their relentless drive for their pupils to achieve the best they can. Teachers provide highly effective teaching and personalised learning as far as is reasonably possible.
- The teaching team provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum which is deepened through enrichment opportunities. This curriculum, we hope, will foster pupil interest in the world and develop new skills and grow talents. Children are interested and curious about the world in which they live and are aspirational about their future.
- Croyland Primary School remains a happy school where children enjoy coming and being. Children are happy and come to school every day.
Our mission statement:
A mission is our core purpose; it exampling how we will get to our vision
At Croyland Primary School, staff work collaboratively, day in and day out, to ensure the highest standards of pupil achievement within a safe, inspiring and inclusive learning environment. We also strive to develop inner confidence, foster curiosity and personal interests and encourage a wider appreciation and understanding of an ever changing world. We value the unique characteristics of each child, and nurture their progression towards becoming positive contributors to society.
Our Core Values: (Agreed by pupils of CPS)
We focus on embedding these values with our children in all aspects of the school day. Children who demonstrate these values are recognised and celebrated.
Miss Deakin’s Operational Vision:
On entering Croyland Primary School, I hope you will be made to feel immediately welcome and that your queries and questions are either answered or resolved by a member of the office/pastoral team or one of my senior leaders who are always available at the beginning of each day. The ease and warmth of this initial welcome will be extended and reciprocated by all staff and pupils during your visit.
As you walk through our school, you will see a well-maintained learning environment that enables pupils to safely engage in their learning; the aesthetics around the building demonstrate the school’s commitment to a personalised curriculum. Creativity and pupil led learning underpins our pedagogy and our school development. Our displays are a celebration of our unique curriculum, and of class and individual learning journeys; they are a showcase of our school priorities and how we are achieving success. Article 28 & 29 TRoEC
As you engage with our pupils, they will proudly and confidently tell you of their role in developing school practices that enhance their learning, the environment and keep them safe. They will say that in coming to Croyland, they are taught to think about being a good citizen, are listened to, and that their opinions are valued. Article 13, 14, 15 & 17 TRoEC
On your visit, all pupils and staff will engage with you in a polite and friendly manner. You will notice that our pupils take pride and have confidence in their outward appearance. You may notice them smartening themselves in the many mirrors that line the corridors. They will tell you though that smartness is not simply about looking smart but moreover, using your brain to help you and others live well in the world. Article 5 & 6 TRoEC
When you question our pupils further on their opinion of the school, they speak of a variety of rich learning experiences that they have enjoyed, many of which they have been involved in planning and developing. They will also tell you of the many activities, e.g. Wake up and wiggle, St John’s Ambulance First Aid training, sports competitions, charity and community projects and exciting visits and visitors to the school that help them live well and safely in their community. The pupils also talk of teachers and support staff, including our play workers and lunch time supervisors, who guide them with their learning and help them with their individual worries and needs. They will tell you that they enjoy coming to school, that their teachers take them on daily learning adventures and that their teachers notice and take care of them and most importantly, smile at them and make school a special place to be. Article 3, 28 & 29 TRoEC
Within our classrooms and other learning spaces, our pupils naturally show respect and care for each other, as well as for the equipment and resources that they are engaged with. They value and celebrate each other’s differences and positively share in the strengths and successes that are to be found in one another; these successes are both academic and personal. They have taken on this way of being, through an embedded value system and a relentless commitment from each teacher to nurture talent and find the shining light in every member of their class. Some children will tell you about the enrichment activities that school has provided to enable them to flourish further in their learning or transport that has been arranged to enable them to access what they enjoy. Article 24, 29, 30 & 31 TRoEC
As you walk from classroom to classroom, in every Key stage, you will notice a consistency of practice in classroom organisation and presentation; working walls, maths help desks and reading areas. Teachers display their belief in excellence and equity, raising attainment and closing learning gaps for all pupils, despite their environmental circumstances. You will see pupils supporting each other with their learning and collaborating together as teachers promote and present opportunities for creative and critical thinking. You will also notice individual resilience and see children being praised for continual effort. This approach is the fundamental to the engagement that you are observing. Article 29 TRoEC
When observing our pupils learning, you will find that they are motivated and engaged in the opportunities that are provided. They come to school each day, eager to participate and committed to their learning. The involvement of parents with daily reading and spelling practise and the support they give their children with home learning projects is recognised and greatly valued. The commitment of parents is also further demonstrated through the many volunteers that help within the school community. You can rest assured that Spotted Wellingborough and other local social media sites give a positive reflection of parental views and publicly celebrate what is happening in our school, and the active measures the school undertakes to be a participant within the community. Article 5 & 6 TRoEC
Our pupils understand that they are accountable for their actions and accept the consequences of the choices that they make, knowing that the hindrance of learning and the hurting of others are not tolerated within our school community. I am proud of their Improving Behaviour Strategy; the “data” speaks for itself. Our Keeping Safe Committee leads pupil initiatives that continue to make Croyland a safe place to be for all children. Article 3 & 5 TRoEC
During your time in school, please ask about what we now provide support our parents to support their children’s learning; but the projects that enable them to bridge the learning barriers between school and home, with the hope of empowering parents to engage with the curriculum in a creative and fun way and extend learning into the home environment. Article 2 27 TRoEC
All school staff, volunteers in our school community and our Governing Body, demonstrate openly that they are committed to this vision for the school, of the well-being of all pupils and outstanding academic success for all groups of learners. The natural disposition of my school staff is one of nurture and the provision of personalised support through their high level of professionalism. They ensure that all pupils are both equipped with the basic skills of literacy and numeracy and the ability and knowledge to improve their work yet further. The work displayed and recorded in their books demonstrates their comparable attainment to other, similar aged, pupils. Teachers and other staff talk to you about being well supported professionally in their work whether this is through continuous professional development or simply just knowing that they have colleagues that will actively support them when the days are challenging or the needs of the children upsetting. They tell you that they enjoy working here and are proud to wear their name on their Croyland sweatshirts.
If you find yourself in our school before or after our school day, you will find children being busy and widening their learning through their engagement with a variety of extra-curricular activities. I ask that if you notice footballers walking through the school with muddy boots, they are asked to take them off. The cleaning team work tirelessly to ensure that the school is cleaned every night in order that the school is a pleasant place to be every day; our children are continuously reminded who they are and certainly, not to make their job any harder!
It is my hope that Croyland children leave to go home every day eager to return awaiting the following day. I want Croyland to be the place to be for the children of Wellingborough and one that is recognised as a Rights Respecting School.