As a church school we take a Christian, rather than a secular view on Individuality. We don’t consider it to be about putting oneself first, but about using individual talents and skills to the best effect and to serve others.
Our teachers work closely with every girl and boy in school, treating them as unique children. We have several effective systems and routine which enable us to tailor our teaching to each child’s strengths and needs. This includes our innovative stepping stones system of classes which are organised as follows:
Sycamore: 30 Spring and Summer born Reception children
Beech: 20 Autumn Reception, 10 previously lower achieving Year 1 (These Year 1 children spend two mornings a week with one of the Oak job-share teachers, receiving Year 1 teaching in a focused group. Each afternoon they receive further small group and paired teaching to assist them in making rapid progress in areas where they have additional needs.)
Lime: 10 previously high achieving Year 1, 20 previously mid-low achieving Year 2 (These Year 1 children find learning very easy and could easily become frustrated. In Lime Class we are able to stretch them academically and provide a good deal of challenge. The Year 2 children in Lime may require additional support and/or nurture in order to reach their potential. This is provided.)
Apple: 30 previously mid-high achieving Year 2
Parents and children both receive letters from the headteacher each July to explain their new class. Partly thanks to this arrangement of classes, and partly due to our strong and caring team of teachers, our pupils achieve well above the national average in all areas when they leave in Year 2.
‘There’s a strong academic focus and tailored learning to small groups of children of similar ability so that they can progress at a pace that’s right for them. I’m delighted with my daughter’s progress.’ from a parent questionnaire, May 2017