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Progress is now quicker
than expected for all groups of pupils...
The school supplements the good teaching with a
range of carefully targeted and effective interventions to support pupils who may be at risk of falling behind... Nursery and Reception children are taught in a stimulating and caring environment where they make swift progress. The progress
of some children, from very low levels of both
personal development and literacy
skills, is remarkable.
It is our aim to provide for all our pupils a high quality education leading to achievement and success across the full primary curriculum and to develop in all children personal qualities and standards to enrich their later lives. We expect our work to create an effective partnership between home, school and the wider community; a relationship that has the needs of the child at its heart. To achieve the best for all our pupils, we have developed at Marpool a stimulating, secure and caring environment where we give high value to the good things that happen both in and beyond the school.
At Marpool we seek to share skills, knowledge and experience in an atmosphere of trust and understanding. Your involvement in school life is expected and welcomed. It is important to us that everyone is able to make a full contribution to both individual and school development and in doing so enjoy being part of our community.
To ensure that everyone’s efforts are appreciated and fully productive we maintain good order based on a clear sense of purpose, shared values and respect for others. Appropriate and acceptable behaviour throughout the school is founded on good relationships that develop self-discipline and foster high self-esteem and awareness of the needs
Pupils in both
Year 1 and Year 2 make rapid progress in
all subjects. Children in the Early Years Foundation
Stage are presented with a range of challenges to reinforce
the good teaching of sounds and letters. This high level of
challenge extends to teaching in Key Stage 1 where progress in reading has accelerated significantly. In Key Stage 2 Teaching is now much stronger and pupils are making quicker than expected progress in all years. This good progress is also apparent in pupils’ work. For example, pupils’ work in Year 6 shows that they are on course
to reach at least the expected levels in both
English and mathematics.
of others. If behaviour problems arise with a pupil, we will work with parents and act appropriately to improve the situation and to safeguard the rights of others. Disruptive, unsocial or other forms of unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated. Pupil and parent forums provide opportunities for both the children and adults to review and inform the work and development of our school.
Our school is situated on an extensive and attractive site that offers exceptional educational opportunities. The school grounds provide hard surface play areas, playing fields and well equipped recreation/play spaces. There are many different habitats including ponds, wetlands, wooded areas and meadowland. Our school grounds provide a resource that is used to promote quality in all areas of our work, the grounds combined with qualified staff enables us to provide children in our community with a wonderful 'Forest School' experience.
Extra curricular activities are organised depending on time, expertise and the help available. Usually, opportunities exist for pupils to participate in sport, the arts and interest areas such as computers and literature. There is also a strong tradition for music concerts and shows, with children receiving specialist music teaching on a weekly basis.
To underpin our exciting curriculum, we use the Accelerated Reader system, Rising Stars Maths scheme, Letters and Sounds Phonics program and the Penpals Handwriting Scheme.
At Marpool we value the contribution homework can make to every child’s education and welcome parents support. Homework can provide additional support for pupils experiencing difficulty or help meet the needs of children requiring extension, it can also be used when pupils have had their education disrupted by unavoidable absence from school.
Homework includes a variety of types of work - reading, writing, research, acquiring knowledge and applying learning. Work will be set in a variety of subjects and will relate to and complement work done in school. It should encourage good independent working habits and be useful preparation for later study and working life.
Homework includes fun and investigational activities and shows differentiation in content, frequency and length, recognising the age and ability of the child and the different levels of support available to individual children. Work completed at home should foster active participation and sharing by parents, strengthening home/school links.
Learning at home should compliment and enhance learning at school.