AN INTRODUCTION TO OUR SCHOOL
We believe that learning should take
in a happy, caring and stimulating environment in which staff, children,
parents and the local community have important roles to play.
To this end we aim:
To provide a happy, caring environment in which both children and adults feel secure and valued, where they will find satisfaction and pleasure in their work and where learning will flourish.
To ensure continuity and progression within the curriculum and provide opportunities for children to develop an understanding of the world and their influence upon it.
To enable children to develop lively, enquiring minds and the ability to question and discuss rationally and to apply themselves to realistic tasks and challenges.
To encourage individuals to celebrate their own and others’ achievements and to develop a wider appreciation of human fulfilment and aspiration.
To enable both children and staff to fulfil their potential and in so doing, acquire knowledge, skills, concepts and attitudes which will be relevant throughout their lives.
To help children develop spiritually and morally, drawing inspiration from, and developing tolerance of, world religions, cultures and ways of life.
To develop each individual as a caring, concerned and contributing member of the community.
Statement of Intent for the Curriculum
Our children are encouraged to be
creative and therefore every opportunity is taken to develop their confidence,
knowledge, self-esteem and life skills through technology, physical education and the
creative and performing arts.
STRENGTHS OF OUR SCHOOL
Leadership has a well-founded understanding of the priorities
for the school and have put in place clear plans to drive
Leadership has created an inclusive school ethos where students’ academic and personal
needs are paramount. Students
feel safe, grow in confidence, and develop good learning behaviours. This is because
everyone in the school nurtures and
meets students’ social and emotional needs. Staff and Management are aspi-rational for
students’ learning, setting high
expectations for achievement.
Safeguarding is effective
Atmosphere here afford the highest
priority to keeping students safe. Safeguarding policy and practice are frequently
reviewed to ensure that processes are secure and best practice is main-trained. Rigorous
checks are carried out for all.
Parents and staff agree that students’ behaviour at the school is good.
The academic needs of our children is supported by our very
good personal and social education. The children are
encouraged and taught to have a responsible and caring attitude towards one another.
Older children can become
playground guardians, wet playtime monitors, school office monitors as well as other
responsibilities. All classes have
councils where matters important to them can be discussed and, if necessary, ideas
brought to the attention of the Head
Teacher. Class Councils have been instrumental in providing new bins in the playground,
having new blinds put up at the
windows, charity fund raising, etc.
WE ARE A HEALTHY SCHOOL
- Achieving Healthy School Status demonstrates that
we are meeting the standards and criteria in four main themes:
- Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship
- Healthy Eating
- Physical Activity
- Emotional Health and Wellbeing
Learning journeys are gathered for each
child over their first year in school. The evidence is gathered from
observations of the children during both formal and informal activities. This can
include annotated photographs, notes
from observations, detailed learning stories and examples of children’s work. This
evidence is used to inform our
assessment and ensures that we are able to plan activities which meet both the child’s
interests and needs.
Assessments of children’s skills and
abilities are carried out on entry, during and when they leave the Reception class.
This information is used by staff to plan appropriate work and enable children to have
access to a variety of
Our children are encouraged to be creative and every
opportunity is taken to develop their confidence, knowledge,
self-esteem and life skills through technology, physical education and the creative and
performing arts. Through the
curriculum we aim to celebrate diversity and
Assessment is an integral part of the teaching and learning
process and is a tool which aids our planning for learning.
We track children’s achievement, attitude and progress closely.
Children are encouraged to work with teachers to identify where they are with their
learning, what their targets are,
and what steps they need to take in order to achieve their targets. We set medium and
short term targets with the
children which personalises their learning so that they can achieve their full
BEYOND THE CURRICULUM
- At GGS, we believe that extra curricular opportunities help to enrich the school and learning experience. Most of our
after school clubs are run on the school premises by other providers who have been vetted and checked. Opportunities
differ from term to term and include:
- Football Choir
- Art Club Orchestra
- Science Club
- Maths Club
- Language Club
Awards and Star of the Week
GGS we believe very much in a system based on reward and praise. We hold a weekly celebration assembly where children
can share their success. Children earn various awards in school, including stamps, certificates from staff and our
Playground Guardians, awards linked to sporting achievements and our Star of the Week award. The children are encouraged
to enjoy sharing in success and to continue working hard at all they do.
Reporting to Parents
Teachers, parents and children meet termly to discuss children’s individual medium term targets and progress towards
their end of year targets.
In July parents receive a written report summarising their child’s achievements for the year and indicating areas for
further progress in the next year.
GGS Primary School we believe that homework is an essential part of children’s learning. Although we fully recognise the
need for rest and the importance of developing outside interests, we also acknowledge that homework can play an active
part in developing the knowledge and skills of our children.
Keeping Parents Informed
Parents are kept informed of news and school events through our regular calls and circulars which are sent home. This is
also uploaded onto our website.
It is essential that the school holds up-to-date contact information. Please remember to inform the school office if you
move house or your telephone number/s change.