Aims and ethos
We aim to:
· ensure that our school reflects the diversity of our ethnic, social and cultural groups in positive ways and provides equal opportunities for all our school.
· offer a broad curriculum to provide our learners with the knowledge, skills, concepts and attitudes necessary for life in a rapidly changing world.
· give all the learners access to the curriculum by ensuring that learning tasks are well matched to individual needs and abilities.
· share with parents the high expectations of our pupils and ensure that each learner reaches his or her full potential.
· enable our learners to take increasing responsibility for their own learning.
· provide a supportive yet challenging school environment where children and adults show mutual respect and children develop as confident learners.
· be committed to on going staff development to improve the quality of learning and teaching for all.
· keep up to date with local / national initiatives and learning and teaching styles.
· use a range of technologies to allow the learners to develop in a technologically advanced world.
· have a good knowledge of the local, national and global communities and to use this knowledge in aspects of learning and teaching.
· We use the Olympic and Paralympic values system of – Respect, Excellence, Friendship, Determination, Courage, Equality and Inspiration.
How are we making sure that every child gets teaching to meet their individual needs At Lings Primary School?
We are meeting the needs of individual children through;
• Identifying target readers in each year band and allocating extra support for specific children.
• Monitoring pupil progress by assessments, targeted writing, RAG grids, APP, curricular targets and personal support to improve attainment and confidence.
• Booster classes in Year 6 where the children are split into smaller groups and given extra targeted support.
• We provide differentiated teaching activities to address the needs of our children and ensure whole class teaching that appeals to the various learning styles of our children.
• We have a high percentage of support staff working in school and are committed to developing their knowledge and skills in order to improve learning.
• We employ a non class based Special Needs Co-ordinator who helps identify children with special needs in the early years so that support can be given to help the child at a crucial time in their education.
• Children who do not make appropriate progress through differentiated activities or intervention programmes have an Individual Education Programme reviewed every term by the Special Needs Co-ordinator in discussion with the Class Teacher and Parents, where appropriate.
How are we working with Lings Primary parents and the community to make us the best primary school in Northampton?
Links are developed through;
• Half termly Coffee Mornings organized by the Learning Mentor offering a variety of visitors and speakers of interest to our parents.
• We telephone parents each morning if they have not contacted us about their child's absence and are able to offer advice or support if necessary.
• Child's Play provision of activities for children and adults e.g. Bingo Night, Fun Days and Discos. They have also secured Learning Network Funding to provide after school 'Circus Skills' lessons for the children.
• Parents and Toddlers group which is held weekly in the school hall.
• Class Assemblies with coffee and biscuits afterwards with the staff and children.
• Links with the local secondary schools with sixth formers leading sports activities for our children.
• We have strong links with the local Wildlife Centre at Lings Wood and make regular use of this wonderful nature area.
What have pupils told us about the school, and what have we done as a result?
We collect the views of our children and they have told us that;
• They enjoy practical activities and lessons and therefore we are looking at ways of developing a more practical and creative curriculum.
• They wanted more outdoor equipment and in response playground games have been purchased and we will continue to add to these. Three staff attended 'Huff and Puff' and play leaders use the equipment at playtimes and lunchtimes. They also requested benches in both playgrounds, which are well used by the children.
• Younger children and their teachers wanted more help with lunchtime activities so we introduced lunchtime buddies to organize games for the younger children.
• The children wanted an option of indoor as well as outdoor activities at lunchtimes. With this in mind we have a daily lunchtime club run by our Learning Mentor. This is very popular and has also had a positive and huge impact on behaviour at lunchtimes.
How do we make sure our pupils are healthy, safe and well-supported?
We make sure our pupils are healthy, safe and well supported through;
• A team of Learning Support and Behaviour Support Assistants are available to support the children in their learning. This also involves a Learning Mentor/ Family Support Worker.
• PE and Healthy Eating opportunities provided. All children are provided with a daily piece of fruit and their own bottle of water. School milk is also offered to all children.
• Breakfast club which is available to all for a healthy, nutritious and social start to the day.
• The provision of four qualified 'First Aiders' on the staff who attend to children and staff.
• Regular visits by the School Nurse who carries out medicals and also provides a range of hygiene, health and sex education talks for different classes.
Ofsted's view of our school
Lings Primary School is an improving school. At present, its overall effectiveness is satisfactory with good features and its capacity for improvement is good because it is well led and managed. This is also the school's view. Staff and pupils are coping extremely well during the current building programme to refurbish the school which has meant classes being moved around and some
housed in temporary accommodation. Despite this, and the large turnover of pupils each year, the school is a stable and harmonious community. It works very successfully to improve pupils' personal development and well-being, and they respond well, though pupils' attendance is not as good as it should be. Pupils are happy and growing in confidence, they feel safe and understand
the importance of leading healthy lifestyles. They are friendly and polite and relationships are very good.
Many pupils enter the school with weak communication, personal and social skills. Reception class children make satisfactory progress but the experiences provided for them are not broad enough.
Pupils in other year groups also make steady progress from their starting points and achieve satisfactorily. Teaching and learning are satisfactory and improving, especially as recent appointments have led to a more settled staffing situation. This is beginning to help pupils to make better progress. Standards in writing and mathematics are below average, and this holds pupils back across the curriculum. The good assessment procedures, though not always consistently applied, are becoming more effective in tracking pupils' progress so that teachers can plan work more effectively and pupils know what to do to improve their work. The curriculum is good with many enrichment activities which are much enjoyed by the pupils and help them to widen their interests and develop their personal skills. The effective way that the school supports, cares for and guides its pupils is very beneficial in assisting their personal development and in meeting the many problems that they encounter.
The good and improving features of provision reflect the effective way that the school is led and managed. The headteacher sets high expectations which are being well met by the staff and the pupils. Senior staff and governors have a clear understanding of the school's strengths and weaknesses. They know what needs to be done to further raise pupils' standards and achievement, and the actions are well laid out in the school improvement plan. The school gives good value for money.
Lings Primary School does all this with pride and care.