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Key Information

Below you will find a number of documents which you can download:

 

Admissions

How do I apply for a place at Goodrich Primary if my child is starting reception?

Your child will start school in the year in which they are 5. To apply for a place please contact the Herefordshire Admissions team. If you live in Gloucestershire please contact the Gloucestershire Admissions team, who will then liaise with Herefordshire on your behalf.

Admissions information for parents (Herefordshire)

Applying for a reception place September 2017 (Herefordshire)

The link to the Herefordshire website is on the right hand bar.

 

How do I apply for a place at Goodrich CE Primary if my child is joining the school after reception?

If you would like your child to join us after the start of their reception year you need to firstly contact the school to find out if there is space in that year group. If there is you need to complete an In-year transfer form.  More information can be found on the county website.

 Admissions policy

 

Administration

 

Behaviour & Safety

 

British Values statement

In 2011 the government set out its ‘British values’ for life in modern Britain.

These were:

  • Democracy
  • Rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of other faiths and beliefs

 

At Goodrich, these values sit alongside our Christian foundation, our PSHE (personal, social and health education) our SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural) teaching as well as safeguarding arrangements.

Children understand and apply these values through a range of learning opportunities. For example:

  • A ‘School Council’ where children nominate one another, vote for representatives and take part in developing the school
  • Our school rules, where children are taught to make good choices and understand that all are responsible for taking part in making our school a happy place to be
  • Enabling children to take part in a wide range of clubs of their choice
  • Having high expectations with regard to manners, behaviour and courtesy
  • Supporting children to discuss differences and disagreements and find a solution
  • Taking part in community initiatives such as ‘Scarecrow week’
  • Helping pupils to value their own physical well-being through high quality school meals and sports provision
  • Teaching children, on a regular basis, about the importance of the internet, social media and keeping safe
  • Making links with other schools, both in in the UK and abroad
  • Enabling parents and children to share in regular ‘Celebration assemblies’ where good attendance, learning behaviour and house success are all valued

Teaching, Curriculum and Assessment

The School’s offer in support of pupils with Special Educational Needs and or Disability (SEND) – Information Report 2014/5 is found below.

Learning – Curriculum 2014

Our curriculum is formed from the National Curriculum 2014. This document explains what the curriculum contains for both key stages. We have used it to develop our own planning, to meet the needs of our children and to further develop their thirst for learning. Curriculum maps for each key stage can be found below.

This is a new curriculum and we hope to continue to refine our plans to fine tune a broad and balanced curriculum that is relevant to Goodrich children, full of exciting activities that allow children the opportunity to ‘bump into their talents.’

 

Reading

Reading is a strength at Goodrich Church of England Primary School
At Goodrich Primary School we follow the programme ‘Letters and Sounds’ for the teaching of Phonics. This programme is designed to give children the phonic knowledge and skills that they
need in order to become fluent readers by the age of seven.
We are fortunate to be able to split children from Reception to Year 3 into small groups to allow them to be taught at the level that is appropriate to them. We run Phonics for 20 minutes on
Monday to Thursday mornings. Our Phonics lessons are fun, fast-paced and interactive which means that children are engaged and able to achieve their full potential. The children take home weekly activities which gives parents the opportunity to be fully involved in their child’s learning.
Alongside this, we use the ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ scheme which runs from level 1-11. Children are given many opportunities to read in school including; 1:1 sessions with volunteers and adults in school, book talk, group reading lessons and they are given independent reading time. We even have a weekly visit from Bertie the dog who loves to listen to the children read!

Mathematics

Information from our Maths Parents Meeting

Assessment Principles

A new National curriculum began for primary schools in September 2014. We have included information about the curriculum as a whole in addition to termly newsletters about exactly how this will look for each class.

In terms of how we will assess children’s progress against the new curriculum, how we will keep parents informed, to enable governors to make judgements about the school’s effectiveness, and to inform Ofsted inspections the following information is shared with you.

Accurate and effective assessment

  • Assessments which are accurate and effective are the cornerstone of learning. ‘Assessment for learning’ is at the heart of our practice. In essence this means quality first teaching where staff know exactly what children can do and where to take their learning next.
  • Children having a sound understanding of their own learning, knowing how well they are doing and how to improve is in integral part of this.

How is this achieved?

  • Through effective questioning
  • Through specific marking and feedback which children understand and act upon
  • Through children knowing their next steps
  • Through ‘assessment for learning’ where staff respond to children’s learning
  • Through a tracking system which enables comparators between groups and nationally in terms of attainment and progress over time
  • Through robust discussion, in school, of each child’s progress through a meeting every 30 days
  • Through careful analysis of group and cohort attainment and progress by all staff
  • Through sharing best practice and moderation via Wye Valley Learning Network.
  • Through consideration and benchmarking of best practice nationally

How is this shared with parents?

  • Our online tracking system will be shared with parents once new data, for the new curriculum, is uploaded. Parents will continue to have their own log ins and discussions at parents’ meetings will focus on them, ( Hopefully in place by Autumn 2016)
  • Termly parent meetings or reports

 How are governors’ enabled to make judgements?

  • Through linking with subject coordinators and classes to see assessment in action
  • Through rigorous analysis of assessments at Standards Committee meetings

How is this used to inform Ofsted inspections?

  • Inspectors will see how assessment, teaching and leadership are linked
  • Inspectors will be able to assess our judgments against national benchmarks

 

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