St. Andrew’s CE Primary School
- Headteacher's Promise
- Our School
- Visiting Arrangements
- Mission Statement
- Success Criteria
- Safeguarding Statement
The Headteacher’s Long Standing Promise.
Despite mounting paper work and yet more local and national initiatives, I see it as central to our school’s caring, supportive outlook, that I am available to help with any problems, talk to families, liaise with other agencies at anytime of day including weekends and holidays. I simply ask that with the pressure of paperwork these days – and, of course, my advancing age – please be patient if I’m not as quick as I used to be. Caring for our school community does not stop at 3.30!
St. Andrew’s is a Voluntary Aided, Primary, Co-educational Day School
The basis of our organisation is designed to bring out the best in our children in terms of the Christian values we uphold as a distinctive Church school: love, peace, faith, compassion, understanding, forgiveness, acceptance, commitment, reconciliation, healing and justice.
Our school promises to:
- Care for your child; to keep him / her safe; to endeavour to excite and stimulate your child in the education that we have to offer.
- Fulfil all the promises as set out in our document ‘A Child’s Right’ (preceding Every Child Matters by 14 years).
- Challenge your child and encourage him / her to progress at a good rate appropriate to his / her ability.
- Identify any special needs and adopt the appropriate strategies to tackle these needs, including supporting the Able, Gifted and Talented.
- Treat you and your child as genuinely valued members of our school community.
- Openly invite you and your child to evaluate out school and put forward the ideas and opinions which may help our school to continue to move forward.
- Be open and welcoming at all times and to keep you informed regularly on school news and policies.
Meetings for parents of new admissions to the Reception Class are held in the Summer Term, Open Evenings are held termly and other appointments can be made by telephone. Home visits are arranged for parents of children new to the school. Parents interested in bringing their children to St Andrew’s should contact the Headteacher or the School Office in the first instance.
Details of Open Days can be obtained from the School Office.
If you would like your child to be a pupil at St Andrew’s, please read our Admissions Policy (click here).
If you are applying under criterion 4 (see policy) click here to download our extra Church School form, please complete it and return it to the school – your main application form should be completed as instructed by the Local Authority.
At St. Andrew’s, we believe it is a child’s right:
- to work in an environment of Christian values but with awareness of other beliefs/customs and the significance of choice;
- to feel safe and secure;
- to work/play in a world full of interest and colour;
- to have his/her views respected and to witness respect in all they see and hear;
- to be involved in the evaluation process;
- to work and play as he/she moves through the school in consistently familiar surroundings;
- to be reminded in a consistently firm but fair way of acceptable standards of behaviour;
- to be set an example of smartness, good manners, respect, endeavour, enthusiasm, honesty, punctuality, consideration for others;
- to work/play in an environment which is always tidy and orderly – a place he/she can feel happy and proud of;
- to be led by the hand – no matter how many mistakes he/she makes – along these early years of his/her life and to learn through trial and error the pitfalls and successes of this world;
- to be rewarded for every small step of effort and achievement;
- to be in an environment where flexibility and variety are vital parts of classroom organisation and principle;
- to have equal opportunity in all activities and areas of the curriculum;
- to be reminded of the importance of healthy living and a healthy lifestyle;
- to experience humour, warmth, camaraderie and to be part of a socially stimulating environment;
- to have his/her parents and teachers working in partnership;
- to progress at an appropriate pace according to ability.
We aim to:
- show concern and care, through a strong sense of Christian values, for all members of the School Community;
- establish a centre of excellence in which all individuals are enabled to experience success at varying levels and so are encouraged to develop to their maximum potential;
- ensure support and communication channels are clear and links between home and school are positive and genuine;
- be a school in which sense of belonging, involvement and real partnership is felt by all.
Raising Achievement Success Criteria 2016/17
Building on our school vision and aims, we have used the outcomes of our detailed ongoing self-evaluation to develop an annual plan which sets out strategic objectives and clear sets of expectations which form the basis of the governing body monitoring of the school. The criteria that have been set are based on the new expectations, new curriculum and the changes to assessing children. These criteria show our high expectations as a school, which are generally above Age Related Expectation (ARE) nationally, as we enter this transition period. We know, as a school, that some of these targets could/will change through the year as we work within our new assessment system.
- Attainment – All year groups to be working towards at least 85/90% of the children in Reading, Writing and Maths to be attaining within their new programmes of study (PoS) /Stage from the new National Curriculum. (increasingly more children at Gold)
- Progress – At least 85/90% of pupils to make a full Stage/ PoS, eg if S4+ then would reach S5+ (approx 5 APS per Stage)
- AREs – An increasing percentage of pupils throughout the year in each year group working at ARE (their Year Group Stage/PoS)
- Targets – At least 85/90% of pupils to meet or exceed their end of year targets. Interim target through the transition period will be children to make a full PoS during the year (5APS) towards these new expectation targets.
- More able/G&T – All year groups to have 25% – 30% of the cohort working within their Stage at the start of the year (baseline) and in the Stage above by the end of the year. (Gold+ or Platinum)
- Year 1 – Attainment – at least 85/90% of children to pass the Phonics test.
- Year 2 – Attainment – At least 90% of children to attain the national standard in the new style SATs with 85/90% for Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling (GPS).
- Year 6 – Attainment – At least 90% of children to attain the national standard (100) in the new style SATs. (Reading 95%, Writing 92%, SPAG 92%, Maths 93%)
- Pupil Premium – At least 90% of Pupil Premium children to be making the same or more progress then the non-Pupil Premium children.
- Closing the Gap – For each cohort to close the gaps in attainment for SEN/Non-SEN and gender. Gaps to be narrower than the previous year.
- Gap – For each cohort to close the gaps in attainment for all groups including Pupil Premium. Gaps to be narrower than the previous year.
At St Andrew’s CE VA Primary School we place the highest importance on the safeguarding and welfare of our children and are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website.
We believe that pupils have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse; where staff are vigilant for signs of any pupil in distress and are confident about applying the/our safeguarding processes to avert and alleviate any such problems.
Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment.
Our staff and governors aim to work in close partnership with parents to support the children in every way possible. However, there is a clear responsibility on all schools to ensure they work together with other agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. As a result, if concerns are raised within the School, or a child or parent reports a situation involving possible abuse, we are required to refer such matters to the appropriate Children’s Services, in line with Government and Kingston upon Hull City Council policy.
If we need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare, we will ensure that our concerns are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.