Headteacher's message

Welcome to our School Family

Mr M Charnock Headteacher

I write as the very proud Headteacher of Greenlands Community Primary School. We do set high standards for learning and teaching and we are proud of our achievements. Over the past few years, it is very clear that a strong, caring team has been developed- committed to providing the very best educational opportunities for each and every one of our pupils.

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum but place a heavy emphasis on developing and then applying the core skills. We are very committed to target-setting but importantly we teach these skills through exciting themes where every class, every half-term, either experiences an educational visit (eg Preston Docks, or Ribchester re Romans) or alternatively hosts a visit from a relevant guest eg Creepy Crawly Roadshow.

Our success comes from the high levels of professional expertise among the staff, the guidance of the Governors and our Leadership Team together with the excellent partnerships we share with our parents. We believe that parents have a crucial role to play in the education of their children and we actively promote parental involvement through good communications, through our homework policy and through regular meetings to set targets and discuss children’s progress.

After school, our staff, together with different partnerships, organise a range of clubs to encourage children to extend their skills and understanding in particular areas of interest.Our pupils experience many sports eg tag-rugby, football, cricket and we are developing many other activities via our involvement with various local partnerships. The pupils in KS2 go to a specialist music teacher every week and additionally the KS2 pupils experience a Modern Foreign Language on a weekly basis.

We are able to offer specific or extended learning experiences for targeted children in order to improve their performance levels in different subject areas. Through intensive additional support- “booster” or “intervention” classes- we have enabled children to build confidence and overcome learning difficulties. We provide further resources and advice for those children and families facing difficulties through the intensive extended schools agenda.We pride ourselves on being an inclusive school. We welcome children from all cultures, faiths and backgrounds and strongly believe that every child matters. We work with all of the pupils to encourage and reward good behaviour in addition to providing many strategies, resources and staff in order to reduce instances of inappropriate behaviour. However, in certain extreme cases of very disruptive behaviour we resort to the use of seclusion and sometimes exclusion.

We believe that children learn best when they feel safe, confident and happy. We are a school that sets clear expectations and maintains high standards in learning and behaviour. We believe that every child has the right to an education of the finest quality and we aim to include all children in our continuing pursuit of excellence.

Finally, I take an incredible amount of satisfaction in the fact that (as reported in the introduction by our Chair of Governors) OFSTED have recently praised our collective hard work . All of the pupils and staff produced some wonderful work and results year on year, with this success being recognised by:-


  1. OFSTED September 2011 and July 2010
  2. Helen Denton (Executive Director for Children and Young People) during a visit in June 2010.
  3. The County LEA via the School Effectiveness service.

This recent success only serves to make me more determined than ever to continue to develop the school further, We have some brilliant staff and Governors who are all committed to putting the needs of all children first – that is why I am so proud to be here and to support this team.

As Headteacher I am incredibly proud to report that we offer:-

A High Quality Education (recognised by OFSTED, IIP and the LEA).

An attractive learning environment.

High Quality Teaching throughout the School.

Marvellous SAT results in both KS1 and KS2.

An excellent Foundation Stage that includes our Reception Class together with a Pre-School that is run on our premises.

Marvellous pupils who are motivated to do really well.

An absolutely first class range of staff who are all committed to delivering high standards.
A fully inclusive approach to education.

A constantly revised, exciting, enriched and creative curriculum that addresses the basics through stimulating topics.

A fully integrated programme of educational visits and residential visits.

Specialist provision for Music, Sport and three Modern Foreign Languages taught throughout KS2.

A comprehensive intervention/catch-up programme throughout the school – this targets the average, the more able and the below average pupils.

Small class sizes throughout the school with each class having access to a Teaching Assistant.

A fully developed programme re Learning Mentor and Behaviour Mentor support.

A School that offers full Extended School Status.

A Breakfast Club and a comprehensive programme of extra-curricular activities with full Active-Mark status and recognition as a Healthy School.

A thriving Parent and Toddler group.

A five –star lunchtime menu.

A very supportive and committed Governing Body.

I am equally proud of the fact that we are a ‘Lead Primary School’ in Lancashire, where many of our strengths are shared with a range of other schools throughout the county. We are also a NPQH Leadership Development School, an award validated by the National College for School Leadership.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to find out more about us. I would be delighted to give you a tour of our school so that you can sense the atmosphere for yourselves.

Mick Charnock (Headteacher)

Contact the School

Greenlands Community Primary School

Dawnay Road

Tel: 01772 792463