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Headteacher's message

Welcome to our School.    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 very proud

of all of our achievements.

Over the past few years we have developed a very strong, caring team who are

committed to providing the very best educational opportunities for each and

every one of our pupils.We draw children from a wide area surrounding the school

and delight in the rich diversity of social and cultural backgrounds of our families.

We offer a very broad and balanced curriculum but also place an emphasis on developing and then applying the core skills. We teach these skills through exciting themes where every class, every half-term, either experiences an educational visit (eg Preston Docks, Ribchester Museum, Williamson Park) or alternatively hosts visits from a relevant guest(s) ie Creepy Crawly Roadshow, University ‘Electricity’ workshops, UClan.

 

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 that we share with our parents and other stakeholders across the community. 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 various policies 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 continue to develop many other sporting opportunities via our involvement with the Preston Sports Council, the ‘Christ the King’ Sports alliance and also with St Cecilia’s RC High School, Longridge. All of the pupils in KS2 are taught by a specialist music teacher every week and additionally the KS2 pupils experience a Modern Foreign Language – French.

 

We are able to offer specific or extended learning experiences for targeted children in every year group in order to improve their performance levels in different subject areas. Through intensive additional support “booster” or “intervention” classes in Mathematics, Reading or Writing, we aspire to help the children build their confidence and overcome learning difficulties. We also provide further resources and advice for those children and families facing difficulties through the support of our Learning Mentor. Similarly we also offer many opportunities that encourage the more able pupils. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive school where we welcome children from all cultures, faiths and backgrounds and we 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 do resort to the use of seclusion and in exceptional cases to exclusion.

 

We had our last Ofsted in July 2017 where we continue to receive a rating of ‘Good’ with many areas that are outstanding. That judgement also supports the evidence which is validated by the LEA namely:-

 

Quality of Teaching Learning and Assessments    Grade 1-2

Personal Development Behaviour and Welfare      Grade 1

Outcomes for pupils     Grade 1-2 with Progress    Grade 1

Early Years Foundation Stage                                Grade 1

Effectiveness of Leadership and Management       Grade 1

 

(Grade 1 is Outstanding, Grade 2 is Good, Grade 3 is Requiring Support and Grade 4 is Inadequate)

 

I take an incredible amount of satisfaction in the fact that (as reported in the introduction by our Chair of Governors) OFSTED have praised our collective hard work. All of the pupils and staff continue to achieve marvellous results especially when the emphasis is on the actual progress that the pupils make in our school. Other commendations that support these judgements are:-

 

  1. OFSTED July 2017 and September 2011
  2. The County LEA via the School Effectiveness service.
  3. LEA – Lancashire ‘Lead School’ linked to developing an exciting and enriched Curriculum.
  4. The National College for School Leadership.
  5. Commendation from Jonathan Hewitt (July 2014) – LEA Head of Quality and Continuous Improvement – re our work raising the aspirations of the pupils.

 

Believe you me though, this recent success only serves to make me even more determined than ever to continue to develop the school further, I/We have some brilliant staff and Governors here 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 these teams of people who are all committed to giving your child the best possible start to their education.

 

We enjoy the additional educational advantage of belonging to various partnerships that work together with the aim of inspiring all of the children to achieve their absolute potential. We make a determined effort to contribute to the local community in order to improve the local environment with our ultimate objective being to raise the aspirations of all of the pupils. Two recent examples of raising such aspirations relate to links our School Council have with UCLan and also to an Arts Award a drama group achieved validated by Trinity College London.

 

For pre-school children we have a Parent and Toddler Group that meets three mornings a week and we have strong links with the independent Greenlands Nursery housed on our premises.

 

We achieved the full core offer for Extended Services and as part of our normal daily routine, we run a free Breakfast Club and we have a separate dining room and a kitchen that provides nourishing, healthy 5-star child-friendly meals.

 

The Standard Intake number is now 30 children and the number on roll at the beginning of September 2017 is 194 with no more than 30 children in each of the seven classes. These are organised in seven single year groups, Reception to Year 6. We have additional staff, Teaching Assistants, in each class to work with children with different educational needs. The Reception Class is known as the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum (N.C.) where the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is experienced. Years 1 and 2 are referred to as Key Stage 1 and Years 3 to 6 inclusive are called Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum.

 

We believe that children learn best when they feel safe, confident and happy and we set clear expectations that help us to maintain high standards in learning and behaviour. We believe that every child has the right to an education of the highest quality and as a team we strive to achieve that objective from the minute that your child starts in our school.

 

If you need any further clarification over anything that either appears in this brochure or on our website then please do not hesitate to contact me on 01772 792463.

 

M Charnock

 

 

 

 

 

Contact the School

Greenlands Community Primary School

Dawnay Road
Ribbleton
Preston
PR2 6BB

Tel: 01772 792463
head@greenlands.lancs.sch.uk