St Gabriel’s RC Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All staff, governors and volunteers are expected to share this commitment. For more information please see our safeguarding policy which can be found under Key Information > Policies > Safeguarding Policy.
The Children have spoken!
In the December 2018 pupil questionnaire, the overwhelming majority of children agreed that they felt safe and liked coming to school. They understand learning behaviours and know that their teachers are there to help them and improve their work. The majority of children feel confident with homework.
Have a look at what the children think of our school.
Areas for Improvement
Behaviour in the classroom and around school
As a staff team, we have already undertaken training from Pivotal Education in this area. We are tightening up routines in order to avoid low level disruption in classes and ensure that children are READY, RESPECTFUL and SAFE. We are using tight routines and scripts with children in order to achieve consistency in all class and with all members of staff. We believe that this will make a significant difference in all classes and around school.
Staff are also introducing a policy of ‘First attention to best conduct’ which means children will be praised more regularly and good behaviours will be picked up on before any negative behaviours. Children who go over and above the expectations will be rewarded, e.g. a postcard or phone call home to parents or some special time with the Head or Deputy. To ensure that children feel safe in the playground, we will make sure that adults are strategically placed so that no area is secluded or out of eye-shot.
Teachers will ensure that children are given a significant level of challenge. Lots of children surveyed believed that their work was not challenging or didn’t know whether their work was challenging. Using the Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum success criterion challenge work will help children to feel that they are challenging themselves in lessons. SLT will monitor the level of challenge in lessons, especially for those children who are at expected and above expected for their age group.
We will endeavour to run more after school clubs. This is a great way to offer children a range of different skills and sports and experiences with different teaching staff. Children will also get a sense of belonging to a group.
Assemblies and RE work
We will continue to ensure that assemblies are as exciting as possible. We will endeavour to involve the children more in assemblies and the RE curriculum. The new chaplains have lots of plans for the RE work completed in school and the School Council could take a bigger role in some of our Monday morning assemblies in school, discussing subjects of significance to our children.
Teaching staff are currently looking at the curriculum in order to ensure that we offer a broad and balanced, exciting curriculum that inspires awe and wonder in the children.
The use of Maths and writing checklists will encourage children to keep track of their end of year expectations and see where they have gaps. The use of these will be monitored by SLT. Teachers will ensure that next steps are given in feedback, either written or verbally.