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Headteacher's message

 

Acting Headteacher's Message

 Mr S Wetherill   (Acting Headteacher)

 

I am very honoured to be acting headteacher at Greenlands, although not under such sad and difficult circumstances. I have met some fantastic staff and children during my short time here. Mr Charnock has left a wonderful legacy and his hard work and dedication means that the school is well placed to continue to move forward and provide a rich learning environment for all the children.

Over the past few years Greenlands has developed a very strong, caring team who are committed to providing the very best educational opportunities for each and every one of its pupils. Children are drawn from a wide area surrounding the school with a rich diversity of social and cultural backgrounds.

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, 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 Local Authority.

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 the school on 01772 792463.

 

S Wetherill

 

 

 

 

 

Contact the School

Greenlands Community Primary School

Dawnay Road
Ribbleton
Preston
PR2 6BB

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