About Our School

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.

Mission Statement

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

Ethos Statement

‘Recognising its historic foundation, St Andrew’s CE Primary School will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.

The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils’


Philosophy

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.

Success Criteria

Raising Achievement Success Criteria 20/21

Due to lockdown, the main focus is catch-up’. Similarly, there will be a focus on integration, transition and reaching the appropriate standards throughout school. Interventions will be put into place from September and the curriculum will have a big emphasis on the core subjects in the Autumn and Spring terms. During the Summer holidays, the homework set will focus on non negotiables and the basic skills.  After such a long break (Lockdown etc), the Breadth and Balance will be monitored continually to ensure all curriculum areas are covered and appropriate standards are met.

  • Curriculum catch up — To ensure all children develop the non-negotiable and basic skills of their previous year group (19/20) and progress to their current year group (20/21)
  • Attainment—All year groups to be well above expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths, including combined %, than the previous year 19/20.
  • AREs – All year groups to be well above the national Floor Standard of children working at ARE in all subjects (combined floor standard — national average 65%)
  • Progress – The vast majority of children to make a full POS over the year. Eg achieve Silver each year, achieve Gold each year, if Bronze then children to be at least ‘within (W2)’.
  • More able/ G&T – All year groups to have an increasing number of the cohort working at greater depth ‘Gold’ by the end of the year.
  • Year 1—Attainment—To maintain/ improve standards of children passing the Phonic test.
  • Year 2—Attainment—To continue to improve standards with an increase in % of the children achieving expected standard or above at the end of year 2 to maintain the upward trend.
  • Year 6 Attainment—To be well above the national average for children attaining the national standard in SAT’s for Reading, Writing, Maths, SPAG and combined Eng & Maths.
  • EYFS to KS1 Progress—for progress of all ability groups to be inline with national progress.
  • KS1 to KS2 Progress— For progress measures to be above the national average and showing that standards are being maintained/ improved (including children meeting
  • their end of key stage target).
  • Pupil Premium—The vast majority of Pupil Premium children to be attaining in line with/ making similar progress to the non-pupil premium children.
  • Closing the Gap — To ensure all specific groups of children (PP/ FSM/ SEN/ Gender) maintain similar standards to non PP/FSM/SEN children and that gaps do not get wider.
  • Foundation Subjects—All year groups to have an increasing number of the cohort working at ARE ‘Silver’ and greater depth ‘Gold’ by the end of the year. (This will have a bigger focus from February half term).