Crofton Infants’ School
Telephone: 01924 864711
Headteacher: Ms H Padwick BA (Hons), P.G.C.E, M.Ed, N.P.Q.H
Chair of Governors: Mr Russell MacNair
Age range of children: 3-7yrs
School sessions for full-time pupils: Morning 9.00-12.00
School sessions for part-time pupils: Morning 8.45 -11.45
Total number on Roll: 224 (Summer 2015)
WELCOME TO CROFTON INFANTS’ SCHOOL
In May 2009 and February 2012, the school underwent two highly successful OFSTED inspections. In their reports the Inspectors said:
“This is a good school and the manner in which it promotes pupils’ personal development and provides for their care, support and guidance is outstanding. Pupils enjoy school considerably because they are provided with a wide variety of interesting and stimulating opportunities to learn.”
They identified what the school does well:
- The quality of teaching and learning is very good; pupils progress well and achieve above average standards. Standards are particularly high in reading and writing.
- Good attitudes and behaviour are successfully promoted.
- The highly effective partnership with parents has a positive impact on progress and attainment.
- Pupils benefit from a broad and balanced curriculum.
- Parents read with their children for fifteen minutes every morning and this has a significant impact on the progress made by pupils in reading.
About pupils’ attitudes and values they said:
- The personal development of pupils is particularly good and is a strength of the school.
- Pupils are enthusiastic and keen to do well. They enjoy and are interested in learning.
- Awards are given for politeness and good behaviour, both of which are strong features of school life.
- Pupils have very good relationships with adults and with each other. They work together and respond well when given responsibilities around school.
- Attendance is very good, above average and pupils arrive promptly.
About other aspects of the school they said:
- The quality and range of the curriculum is very good. The curriculum is approached imaginatively and pupils’ learning is enriched through creative subjects such as art and music.
- Provision for pupils with special educational needs is good. Pupils with individual needs are identified early and receive extra support and many make good progress.
- There is good provision for pupils’ spiritual development in assemblies, which include opportunities for reflection.
- Pupils’ moral development is promoted very well. Staff are excellent role models.
- Learning is greatly assisted by the very strong relationships that exist between teaching staff and pupils.
- All staff know individual children well. The school has high regard for their safety and welfare.
We acknowledge that in our school, every person matters.
- To create a happy, secure learning environment where the needs of all members of the school are valued equally, irrespective of age, gender, race, religion or ability and to promote equality of opportunity for all.
- To provide a broad, balanced, relevant and interesting curriculum appropriate to individual children’s needs – to teach basic knowledge and give practice in skills and reasoning and also to stimulate wonder, curiosity and imagination
- To provide an exciting learning environment where learning and achievement are celebrated, expectations are high and we strive the realise the full potential of the children
- To promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle through our teaching, including the need to eat healthily and to take regular exercise
- To foster a positive ethos in the whole school community, where people are happy, confident and secure in a caring and loving environment, with emphasis on:
- Fairness, promotion of self-esteem, self-discipline, self-motivation and independence,
- Respect for others, tolerance and appreciation of each others’ strengths and weaknesses,
- Co-operation, teamwork,
- Development of the ability to express emotions
- To promote a positive, lasting partnership between home and school
- To establish the school as an integral part of the whole community and to foster understanding and an increased capacity for interactive contribution
- To consider carefully and cater for the needs of children as they enter school, move into new groups and transfer to Junior School, and to begin to equip them with the skills they will need later in life
- To provide effective training for members of staff so that each person has opportunities to develop to his/her potential
- Always to consider the most effective means of achieving the aims
We aim to foster an ordered, stimulating environment where learning can flourish; where people are happy, confident and safe in a caring community, with an emphasis on personal relationships. To achieve this, firm but fair discipline is needed. Our policy is to promote good behaviour, self-discipline and positive attitudes. We feel it is important that good behaviour is achieved through a balance of rewards and sanctions.
The OFSTED Inspectors said:
- Pupils make excellent progress in their personal development and are extremely well behaved.
- Pupils are extremely polite, well mannered and kind to others.
- They show a clear sense of responsibility and willingly help in class and around school, making an outstanding contribution to the community.
Sporting aims and provision for sport:
- Emphasis is put on outdoor physical education;
- Organised games and activities such as skipping and football are encouraged during breaks;
- Sport forms a big part of Health Week which is held annually;
- Outside coaches are employed to lead various sporting activities at different times during the year.
- We have achieved the Sportsmark (2007, 2008).
If you have any concerns about your child’s education, you should contact the headteacher who will be pleased to arrange an appointment with you. The headteacher will also be able to give you information about the Governing Body’s procedure for handling complaints.
INDUCTION PROGRAMME FOR NEW PUPILS
Crofton Infants’ School caters for children from the term in which they celebrate their fourth birthday to the age of seven years, when they move to Junior School. Initially children come on a part-time basis (8.45 – 11.45 or 12.15 – 3.15). Then they attend full-time starting in September of the year they are 5. Prior to children being admitted, parents are invited to look around the school and talk to staff who will tell them about school and answer any questions they may have.
To help with settling children into the Early Years Department, they attend initially with their parents, then staff and parents negotiate when they feel it is appropriate for the parent to leave, according to how the child is responding.
If you would like more information about these arrangements please contact us.
We value parental support, recognising the need for partnership between home and school.
In the Early Years Department parents speak with the staff daily in an informal way as they bring and collect their children.
When children attend school full-time, daily reading sessions and weekly workshops with parental involvement facilitate dialogue between parents and teachers.
Throughout the whole time your child is in school, consultation meetings between parents and teachers are arranged regularly to discuss your child’s progress.
We have an open door policy and every effort is made to discuss with parents mutual concerns as and when they arise. Parents are contacted if a child is causing concern.
Parents become involved in many different ways, working with groups of children, helping with fund-raising efforts and sharing in our special events such as ‘Health Week’, ‘Book Week’, ‘Creative Week’ and visits. In addition there are other functions, performances and events to which parents are invited.
The OFSTED inspection team referred to the partnership between the school, parents and the community as very good. They said, “Parents hold the school in high regard” and “The school’s relationship with parents is excellent and this benefits all pupils.”
Any parents who wish to register their views about our school are very welcome to do so on ParentView. This can be accessed through our school website or at http://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/
TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR PUPILS ABOUT TO LEAVE OUR SCHOOL
Crofton Infants’ School and Crofton Junior School are on adjacent sites and share the same caretaker. This enhances the close liaison that exists between the two schools, thus helping with continuity and progression. Our children visit the Junior School to watch plays and concerts and children who are due to move on in September visit the Junior School to meet their new teachers and spend a day at their new school. The Junior School teachers also spend time with the children whilst they are still at Crofton Infants’.
THE CHILD – HOME – SCHOOL AGREEMENT:
The school aims to provide a happy, secure, stimulating environment; to value the uniqueness of all its members and to encourage the improvement of pupil progress and achievement.
To help me do well at school I will try to:
- Work hard and listen carefully to instructions
- Ask the teacher or someone at home if I find my work hard
- Read and talk at home about what I am doing at school
- Keep the school rules, behave well and be polite and helpful to other people
- If I am unhappy I will tell a member of staff
To help my child at school I/we will try to:
- Make sure that my child attends school regularly and with punctuality
- Support the school’s policies and guidelines for behaviour and let the school know about any concerns or problems that might affect my child’s work or behaviour
- Support my child in homework and other opportunities for home learning
- Attend parents evenings and discussions about my child’s progress
- Contact the school as soon as possible if my child is absent
- Get to know about my child’s life at school
The school will try to:
- Make sure your child works hard and is encouraged to do his/her best
- Offer a broad and balanced curriculum which meets the needs of your child
- Encourage children to talk at home about what they are doing at school
- Let you know regularly how your child is progressing
- Let you know any concerns or problems that affect your child’s work or behaviour
- Welcome parents into the life of the school and keep you informed about general school matters through meetings and newsletters.