Our prospectus aims to give you a taster of the school as well as providing information about Pulford, how we work and who we are. In all we do, we strive to work within our mission and ethos statements.
1. Mission Statement 17. School Council
2. Ethos Statement 18. Pastoral Care
3. Our Vision 19. Health and Medication
4. Our Aims 20. Communications with Parents
5. Equal Opportunities 21. Parent Teacher Association
6. Church and School 22. The School Day
7. Buildings and Site 23. School Meals
8. Organisation 24. Little Saints Club
9. Pulford in the Community 25. Absence/Lateness
10. Safeguarding 26. School Rules
11. Pre-School 27. Admissions Arrangements
12. Curriculum 28. OFSTED and SIAMS
13. Home Learning 29. Staff Team
14. Extra-Curricular Activities 30. School Uniform
15. Pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEND) 31. Term Dates/Events
16. More Able and Talented Children 32. Contacting Us
1. Mission Statement
“God’s family, through faith, hope and love, dedicated to realising the potential of each person”.
2. Ethos Statement
“Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.
The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils”.
3. Our Vision
Our Christian faith and values form the basis of everything we do. As a Church of England school, our vision focuses on Community, Respect, Wisdom and Hope. These four values are at the heart of all that we aim to achieve.
4. Our Aims
As a first school, we recognise the crucial role we play at the start of your child’s education. We aim to:
• help every child reach their full potential in all aspects of development without losing sight of their individuality
• help children learn and develop skills through experience, creative activities, experiment and discovery
• provide an atmosphere of trust, understanding and affection, in which children can enjoy a sense of security and develop self-discipline
• develop children’s ability to live and work together, and to value their own and others’ unique contributions to the school community
• work in partnership with parents to encourage children to develop positive attitudes and values.
5. Equal opportunities
We are committed to pursuing equal opportunities in all aspects of school life. Discrimination of any sort is not expected or tolerated in the school. The school is aware of the ‘Access to work’ scheme and of Central Bedfordshire LA disability equality scheme. Pulford School is an equal opportunities employer. Due to the nature of our site on four levels, the Leadership Team and Governors are aware of the difficulty that these may cause people with certain disabilities and have a disability accessibility plan to address these. Recent developments include: a new hall porch with sloping floor; a disabled toilet and changing room; a ramp from the main gates to the playground as well as an adjoining ramp from the external classroom doors to the playground.
6. Church and School
“The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Pulford VA Lower School as a Church of England School are outstanding.” (SIAMS 2016)
Pulford’s aims are grounded in the Christian faith, which underpins every aspect of the education that we offer to our pupils. The Church is also involved in the life of the school in very practical ways. The Diocese of St Albans helps to fund essential maintenance and building projects. The team rector of All Saints is a school governor, and two more governors are appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education. Members of the All Saints clergy team and other local Christian ministers contribute to worship, and twice each term the whole school worships at All Saints Church. Families are warmly invited to join us.
7. Buildings and Site
The children are taught in bright, airy classrooms which are situated in a traditional stone-built school house, as well as in a new class room block. We are continually improving and modernising our buildings to accommodate pupils’ changing needs. Over the last decade substantial improvements have been made to provide a truly 21st Century learning environment.
Outside we have a large playing field with adventure play equipment, a large all weather play surface and a generous area of hard-surface playground. Children can also enjoy sitting in the quiet area and relaxing on the benches. The fenced pond and a ‘wild area’ provide a variety of habitats for local wildlife, with plenty of interest for nature lovers.
At the south end of the field we have our Forest School. This is where we use our beautiful outdoor environment to bring learning to life. Our children attend Forest School all year round. We use two rotundas as a base as well as the beautiful surroundings. We also have a purpose built ‘pod’ classroom which is mainly used by our pre-school children. This classroom enables the children to have a different dimension to learning.
Pulford is run by its staff and governing board, who work with parents and pupils to make the school a nurturing, stimulating place to learn. The school governing board includes representatives from the church, school staff, local authority, town council and parents. “The governing body plays a good part in driving improvements and contributing to the school’s strategic direction. It has a good overview of strengths and weaknesses that enable it to hold the school to account.” (Ofsted 2010)
9. Pulford in the Community
“School leaders’ strong and clearly articulated vision for ‘a church school for the whole community’ has resulted in high quality outreach opportunities, enabling local community schools to benefit through the ‘Excellence in RE’ project.” (SIAMS 2016)
We take every opportunity to play an active part in the wider community and have links with schools both in this country and across the world. The school council play an active role in the community.
Our children sing at local events and functions; we join All Saints Church for their Sunday worship at celebrations throughout the year. The children also feature at events such as the town May Day Fayre where we showcase the traditional Maypole dancing. We regularly provide entertainment and tea parties for our local retired community.
At Pulford the health, safety and well being of every child are paramount. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is that Pulford is a happy, enjoyable and safe place to be.
We want to work together with parents in order to help their child achieve their full potential and make positive contribution to the school and the wider community.
There may be occasions for school to consult with other agencies if we have a concern regarding a child but it would follow our procedures for carrying out our duty of care.
Our safeguarding policy can be found on this website under the School Information/Provisions and Policies tab.
Pulford carry out DBS checks, as per current guidelines.
Mr Heather is our designated lead for safeguarding.
11. Pre-school Unit
This flourishing unit was established in 2011. The unit comprises of two open plan classrooms which have an interconnecting outside area with the reception classes. We also have a wooded, fully equipped ‘pod’ (outdoor classroom) which is situated in our Forest School area. The outdoor setting lends itself to a different learning environment. Our Pre-school provision is amply staffed and over-subscribed. The Pre-school admits children from the term in which they become 3 years old. New intakes are welcomed each term. For admissions criteria please check our admissions policy on the school website.
The uniform is similar to the main school. Parents may choose morning, afternoon or all day sessions.
The Pre-school children are outside the current legislation for universal free school meals, however we are able to provide a school lunch if parents wish. Please see details for sessions and lunches in our Pre-school tab on the main homepage.
The lead teacher for the Pre-school is Mrs Stacey Major and the overall EYFS Key Stage Lead is Mrs Catherine Kirk.
Pulford’s curriculum aims to provide pupils with a broad and balanced education, in line with the National Curriculum (2014). It is agreed with the school Governors, who regularly and closely monitor our standards.
“Excellent work by the school’s leaders, particularly in managing teaching and learning, has driven improvements extremely well since the last inspection and particularly over the last year. The school’s many existing strengths have been built upon very well. As a result, it now provides an outstanding education. Pupils make excellent progress and attain high standards because of outstanding teaching.” Ofsted 2010
At Pulford, about 70% of our learning is covered by the National Curriculum. Our complete curriculum is designed to provide a broad and balanced education, but above all to bring together excellence and enjoyment:
“Children learn better when they are excited and engaged – but what excites and engages them best is truly excellent teaching, which challenges them and shows them what they can do. When there is joy in what they are doing, they learn to love learning”.
Charles Clarke – former Secretary of State for Education
The National Curriculum specifies five stages during a child’s schooling (aged 4+ – 16). Pulford covers the end of Foundation Stage, all of Key Stage 1 and the first two years of Key Stage 2:
AGE KEY STAGE
3 – 5 years Early Years Foundation Stage
5 – 7 years Key Stage 1
7 – 11 years Key Stage 2
The Early Years Foundation Stage includes six areas of learning: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication, Literacy, Mathematical Development, Understanding of the World, Physical Development and Expressive Arts. “Excellent teaching and an outstanding curriculum support children’s excellent progress.” (Ofsted 2010)
Key Stage 1 / Key Stage 2
Key Stages 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2) include the following subjects:
English, Mathematics, Science, Design and Technology, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music, Information and Communication Technology, Computing, Physical Education and Games, and Religious Education.
For each subject, Programmes of Study set out what pupils should be taught. Pupils’ progress is assessed by teachers using a variety of methods. At the end of each Key Stage, standards of pupils’ performance are described according to three levels of increasing difficulty: Working Towards, Working At, Greater Depth. “Pupils make excellent progress and attain high standards because of outstanding teaching. They thoroughly enjoy both social and academic aspects of school, and their behaviour is excellent. A varied and exciting curriculum promotes both their achievement and their enjoyment of learning” (Ofsted 2010).
In addition, cross-curricular themes, dimensions and skills have been identified, for example: Citizenship, Environmental Education, Personal Health and Social Education (PHSE) and Equality of Opportunity. The children often have the opportunity to visit places of interest: such visits have included the library, our park, Whipsnade Zoo, Milton Keynes and Bedford Museums.
We offer a four day residential opportunity to children in Year 4. This takes place during the Easter holiday when we travel to Snowdonia for a range of exciting outdoor adventurous activities.
Mathematics is a daily feature of class work. It is taught in line with the New Primary National Curriculum, using a variety of teaching styles and a wide range of practical and creative activities. Whilst a planned whole-school approach is taken, staff adapt their teaching according to the needs of individual children. The school follows the Central Bedfordshire calculation policy.
English is also taught daily in line with the Primary National Curriculum. In the younger year groups the school follows the Governments Letters and Sounds programme. We also use the Sounds-Write phonic programme as the intervention strategy for older age groups. The importance of reading cannot be overestimated and we work in partnership with parents to promote good reading habits. In school, there are guided reading groups led by the class teacher or teaching assistant. At home, children can use the reading scheme material with their parents. A Home-School Reading log ensures a flow of information about reading progress. Our carefully structured, whole school approach to teaching handwriting and phonics ensures consistency and continuity from Foundation Stage to Year 4.
Science is taught in line with the Primary National Curriculum. Practical and investigative work is key to successful science teaching and learning. Children are encouraged to work scientifically by asking questions, hypothesising, identifying, classifying, observing and designing ‘fair tests’. We maintain good levels of specialist materials and equipment to support science teaching (although old drink cans, plastic bottle tops and cardboard boxes are found at the heart of many a good investigation!).
As children progress, practical work is extended into recording so that the true ‘scientific method’ is developed and established. The school has embraced outdoor learning and much of the science teaching is conducted in the Forest School.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Computing
The entire school is networked with broadband, filtered, internet access throughout. We have 30 ipads and 30 laptops for children to ensure individual access for an entire class. Access to ICT plays an important part of education, from the Foundation Stage upwards in order that the children learn the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to utilise ICT across the entire curriculum to enhance their learning. There is an interactive whiteboard in every class which is used with enthusiasm.
The Primary National Curriculum programmes of study for computing are followed. The aims of this are that children: can understand and apply the fundamental principles of computer science; can analyse problems in computational terms; can evaluate and analyse IT to solve problems; are e-safety aware and are responsible, confident and creative users of ICT.
FOUNDATION or NON-CORE SUBJECTS
The Primary National Curriculum programmes of study support our teaching in all other curriculum areas. These are:
Art and Design
Design and Technology (DT)
Modern Foreign Language
Physical Education, Games and Dance (PE)
The Future Games (TFG) sports coaches lead PE lessons for one session per week for each class. Additional PE/dance sessions are led by class teachers throughout the week.
As part of the PE curriculum, KS2 children also attend swimming lessons at Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre.
Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE)
PSHE is taught in our classes through the ‘Values’ education programme as well as circle time, which gives the children the opportunity to talk and share with their peers.
We also provide relationships education as the 2019 Regulations require. We are members of the PSHE Association and use many of their resources. Those areas not covered in RHE are taught in the wider curriculum such as science.
Forest School has been part of Pulford since 2013; the initiative of outdoor learning has been embraced wholeheartedly. For the younger children it covers the seven key areas, developing in them a respect and awareness of the natural world and empowering them to take responsibility for their learning as well as developing their self-esteem, self-confidence and independence. Outdoor learning is a key theme in the Primary curriculum programmes of study for science and much of the science teaching at Pulford takes place in Forest School. In KS1 many of these subjects are taught through a topic based approach.
Religious Education (RE) and Collective Worship
As a church school, we offer RE as a basic component of the curriculum. RE is taught in accordance with the Bedfordshire Agreed Syllabus together with guidance from the Diocese. “Pupils are inspired by RE, both by the creative, cross curricular way in which it is taught, but also through the excellent opportunities that the school provides through an impressive programme of visits and visitors. These reinforce the pupils’ appreciation of the importance of belief and worship practices, not only in a variety of Christian denominations, but also within the Jewish and Islamic faiths.” (SIAMS 2016)
Each day there two acts of collective worship, one for Early Years and the other for KS1 and KS2. At Pulford this is always a Christian act of worship (collective worship). “Collective worship is clearly engaging and inspirational for the whole school community and it is owned by all as a very special part of the school day.” (SIAMS 2016). Each week a member of the All Saints clergy team attends and leads our worship often using the ‘Value’ for that month as a theme.
Birthdays are also celebrated, as are achievements that have been made outside of the school environment, should the children choose to share. Parents are invited to class led worship, throughout the year.
Parents have a statutory right to withdraw their children from collective worship and RE lessons but we would ask that families discuss the matter first with the Headteacher.
As an outstanding church school, Pulford takes a lead role in promoting exciting RE learning opportunities across the town. Using All Saints Church as a visually and spiritually inspiring learning space we offer various interactive experiences throughout the year. We offer Harvest, Christmas and Easter trails which have been attended by over 1,000 children.
We believe the development of musical skills is important and we follow the 2014 scheme of work. We have a very strong music focus here and feel that it is important to the well being of our children, both in mind and soul. All year, groups take part in enthusiastic singing as part of our daily collective worship. We also have recorder groups and a thriving choir who perform outside school, at our church services and to visitors. KS2 children participate in the biennial Proms Praise in The Royal Albert Hall in London.
All specialist instrumental teaching is provided by Inspiring Music within a common framework. Currently we host tuition for the following instruments: clarineo and cello. Recorders are also taught by an external teacher. There are fees for these services.
13. Home Learning
Home Learning (otherwise known as homework!) is an essential part of children’s learning. It is done at home with parents and carers, and may include: collecting artefacts to support curriculum work, reading, learning spellings and tables, maths tasks, research (perhaps using the local library or a supervised/filtered internet facility where available), or other activities initiated by the children. The Learning Platform is an important tool in home learning. It is a safe environment in which children can learn on-line. Each class has different materials tailored to their learning. The children are encouraged to be responsible users of the internet and follow e-safety guidance. Class teachers provide guidance on how to access the Learning Platform and keep it regularly updated with information and pictures.
14. Extra-Curricular Activites (Lunchtime and After-School Clubs)
Extra-Curricular activities vary based upon demand. Activities currently available to pupils are
• Choir Club (KS2)
• Bake Off Club (KS1 & KS2)
• French and Spanish (La Jolie Ronde)
• Chess club
• Recorder club
• Drama club (Year 4)
• Pulford Paper (Year 4) and/or Book Reading club (all year groups)
• Art club
There are small charges for some of these and if you wish to know about current availability and rates, please ask in the school office.
Visitors to the school include Bedfordshire Youth Opera and Theatre Groups, other theatre groups, poets, authors, storytellers, faith representatives, multicultural dance groups, members of the retired community, parents with specialised skills and knowledge and professional musicians.
15. Pupils with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND)
Sound provision is made for all children with special educational needs or disabilities according to our Learning Support Policy. This is updated regularly and the school has taken into account the 2014 legislation and subsequent LA changes in guidance. The school publishes its SEND overview on this website – under Provisions and Policies. There is a governor appointed for SEND who meets termly with the school’s Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCo) Mrs T Rees. “The school’s excellent understanding of individuals’ personal needs ensures that everyone is fully included in school life. Great care is taken to make sure that any pupils whose circumstances make them vulnerable get a high level of personal support, tailored to their specific needs, making very good use of a range of external agencies when needed.”(Ofsted 2010).
We aim to identify children with special needs as early as possible, through teacher observation and assessment.
Children with Statements (Statement of Special Educational Need) or an EHC plan (Education and Health care plan) have their own additional budget, which is used for extra adult support within the school and for special equipment geared to an individual child’s particular needs. Colleagues from external support agencies provided within the Local Authority, including our Educational Psychologist, make visits for consultation when appropriate.
Children who do not have a Statement/EHC plan, but who require additional support, are monitored closely. Extra help is given by the class teacher and teaching assistant with advice from the school’s SENDCo.
The progress of all children with special educational needs is reviewed termly with their parents and tracked using the school’s internal system.
16. More Able and Talented Children
Children who demonstrate exceptional ability or talents are encouraged and nurtured. Most needs are catered for within Quality First Teaching. Occasionally advice is sought form Leighton Middle School for exceptional pupils in Year 4. Where possible, opportunities are given to whole classes, such as the Pulford Paper. Occasionally special opportunities arise for individuals or small groups which include: problem solving days in the Forest School; sports events and days at other schools and the annual Fiddle Fiesta. Children also have the opportunity to be involved in school council and the Pulford Paper. These children are monitored using the school’s tracking systems.
17. School Council
We have an enthusiastic, flourishing School Council which has an effective input to the life of Pulford. The members are elected by their peers and we have representatives from KS1 and KS2.
The School Council meet regularly with the headteacher. They take ideas from the other children in their class and come up with exciting fundraising activities and projects.
All children are encouraged to give their opinions about the life of the school through discussion and questionnaires.
18. Pastoral Care
We believe our pastoral care to be one of our key strengths. “Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent. They consider moral issues thoughtfully, and are very respectful of other’s opinions and beliefs. They form very positive relationships with other pupils and with staff, and are extremely caring about each other. They have exceptionally good collaborative skills.” (Ofsted 2010). The School prioritises the welfare needs of all its pupils, in partnership with parents.
Parents and the families of Pulford children form a close relationship with the School and play an active part in its life – often through the work of the PTA (Parent Teacher Association). In turn, we aim to complement the care given to children at home in our role as teachers ‘in loco parentis’. We regularly talk about ‘the Pulford Family’ and share a pride in this recognition of our work.
Parents are encouraged to speak informally to the teaching staff at the end of the school day about any concerns. They may also want to make an appointment with the deputy head teacher or at a later stage, and if appropriate, the head teacher. Parents are signposted to various help groups, such as SENDIASS, as appropriate. Please do make the school aware of anything that is likely to affect your child’s progress or welfare.
19. Health and Medication
If your child becomes unwell at school, we will contact you immediately. You will be given a courtesy call regarding bumps to the head as a matter of policy. Medicines are administered according to our Medicines Policy. A qualified First Aider is on site at all times.
20. Communications with Parents
All letters/communications from school come via our email system (Integris). Parents must give their email address on joining the school in order for us to pass on all school information regarding dates and events. We expect parents to keep themselves abreast of updated received on email and updated on this website.
Parent and pupil involvement is of the utmost importance to us at Pulford, we view excellent communication as a must. “There are excellent systems that ensure parents and carers are involved in the life of the school and in their children’s learning. They are consulted regularly about aspects of school life and their views have a strong impact on decision making.” (Ofsted 2010).
Formally, there is a parents’ evening each term for you to consult with your child’s teacher, sometimes this will be on a more informal basis when parents and their children look at work together. Parents receive two short snapshot reports (at the beginning and middle of the school year). A full written report on progress is made annually, in the summer term.
More informally, we welcome discussion about your child whenever you feel the need. The class teacher, Key Stage Leader, Deputy Head and Head teacher are also available informally or by appointment.
Parent and community volunteers are warmly welcomed and assist in many different ways: for example changing reading books, helping in class or on trips. Volunteers are subject to appropriate safeguarding checks.
21. The Parent Teachers’ Association (PTA)
The PTA makes a huge contribution to Pulford. It helps us to purchase items for the children’s education which we otherwise could not afford. The PTA operates independently from the day-to-day running of the school, but in close consultation with staff.
Although parents automatically join the PTA when their children start at Pulford, just how you get involved is entirely up to you. The PTA has a core committee of parents and teachers but many more enjoy helping out in other ways. The possibilities are endless – running stalls at events, selling raffle tickets, coming up with fundraising ideas, seeking sponsorship from employers, donating goods and offering financial help.
The main thing to stress about FUNdraising is that the emphasis is on FUN! Annual events include Christmas Extravaganza and our Inter-school Football Festival & Fun Day, raffles, quiz nights, Pulford merchandise, second-hand uniforms, children’s discos and much more……. We hope you’ll feel inspired to join the PTA in any way that you can, sharing in the fun and rewards of being part of the Pulford Family.
22. The School Day
Children and parents assemble on the school playground by 8.50am, ready to be greeted by their class teachers. Registration at 8.55am starts the school day which runs through to 3.30pm with morning and lunch breaks.
Early Years 12.00 – 1.30pm
Key Stage 1 12.00 – 1.15pm
Key Stage 2 12.15 – 1.30pm
The total amount of time spent on teaching during a normal week is:
Foundation Stage 22.50 hours
KS1 23.75 hours
KS2 23.75 hours
23. School Meals
We are fortunate to have our own kitchen and all our meals are cooked on site. We have a three week rolling menu (see details on our home page) which is changed every six months (April/October). Each day a main hot meal is prepared, along with a vegetarian option. Parents order in advance, so they know what their child is eating. Fresh fruit and vegetables are served every day. We aim to use as many local suppliers as we can.
Children can eat a cooked lunch prepared in our own school kitchen or they can bring in their own packed lunch. We encourage parents to make these well balanced. No nuts or fizzy drinks please.
Children in Foundation Stage (YR) and Key Stage 1 (Y1 & Y2) are entitled to a Universal School meal (free to parents / supported by the government scheme).
Free school meals are also available to children (YR – Y4) whose parents are receiving certain benefits. Please ask for details in the school office or call Central Bedfordshire Council helpline: 0300 300 8306. Recipients of free school meals are not identified in any way.
Free milk is available for the under fives. This will be offered at breaktime.
24. Little Saints: Before and After School Club
Little Saints is our before and after school provision. It is part of the Pulford Family and is run with the same Christian ethos and values as found throughout Pulford. It runs from 7.30am until 8.50am and after school from 3.30pm – 5.30pm. Children enjoy a variety of freeflow activities that fit in with the National Curriculum but with the emphasis on having fun.
The cost of the club is £4.00 for every hour or part of the hour. Breakfast can be purchased as an optional extra.
Sessions can be booked on: 07866 858495 or via the front office.
25. Absence from School and Lateness
Occasionally children become unwell and so cannot attend school. Parents must call the school office on 01525 372188 before 9.30am to inform us if your child is ill.
We encourage punctuality to minimise disruption and maximise learning.
We cannot authorise holidays during term time unless there is an exceptional reason (eg parent in The Armed Forces/return from duty). The head teacher has discretionary powers to authorise a holiday only in such exceptional circumstances.
Parents must report to the school office if they need to collect children during the school day for medical or other appointments. Children must be signed in and out.
26. School ‘Rules’
The rules of the school are simple. They require each child to show care, courtesy and consideration at all times, and to strive to ensure the well-being of others – both in school and in the wider community. A simple Code of Behaviour, as outlined in our Discipline and Behaviour Policy, between pupils, parents and the school is generally enough to ensure appropriate behaviour throughout the school. In exceptional circumstance sanctions are applied as laid out in the Discipline and Behaviour Policy (see our website link home page/School information/Provisions and Policies).
27. Admission Arrangements
Prospective parents are warmly invited to visit and see the school in action. Staff will offer you a guided tour of the school so that you can experience first-hand what we have to offer and to absorb the atmosphere in which our children learn.
The school has no catchment area. Admission is by application and children attend from all areas of the town and its local villages.
The main school can accommodate a maximum of 45 pupils in each of its year groups. We have 8 classes in the main school; 2 x Foundation Stage, 3 x KS1 Stage, 3 x KS2 Stage.
For further details please see our most recent admissions policy which is located on this website (home page/quick access (with the yellow arrows)/Admissions for Year…).
28. What OfSTED and SIAMS say about us…
The school was last inspected on 30th November and 1st December 2010. Because we are a church school we were also inspected by a Diocesan inspector. Our most recent SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) inspection was on the 2nd February 2016. The full Ofsted report is available on the Ofsted website at www.ofsted.gov.uk. If you would like a copy of this document in a different format, such as large print or Braille, please telephone 0300 1234 234, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Both reports are available by e-mail or in hard copy from the school. Quotes from the reports have been used throughout the prospectus.
Some highlights from the Ofsted report are:
“Excellent work by the school’s leaders, particularly in managing teaching and learning, has driven improvements extremely well since the last inspection and particularly over the last year. The school’s many existing strengths have been built upon very well. As a result, it now provides an outstanding education. “
“Pupils make excellent progress and attain high standards because of outstanding teaching. They thoroughly enjoy both social and academic aspects of school, and their behaviour is excellent.”
“ A varied and exciting curriculum promotes both their achievement and their enjoyment of learning. The school’s strong academic success is matched by pupils’ outstanding personal development. This results from excellent care, guidance and support. The school is a thriving and extremely cohesive community, where boys and girls from different backgrounds play and work together very well. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent. They consider moral issues thoughtfully, and are very respectful of other’s opinions and beliefs. They form very positive relationships with other pupils and with staff, and are extremely caring about each other. They have exceptionally good collaborative skills…… There is a strong link with a community in Kenya, and visitors from a range of backgrounds enhance pupils’ understanding.”
“Pupils feel happy and safe in school because they have confidence that the staff will look after and care for them.”
“High quality teaching and learning are based on very positive relationships, and high expectations of both work and behaviour. Pupils try hard and successfully to meet these, and are very motivated by the positive feedback they get for their success. Teachers and other adults monitor progress extremely well during lessons, intervening very effectively to provide help where needed, but also challenging pupils to refine their work and take it to the next level….Very good use is made of the large number of skilled teaching assistants to provide extra help or challenge to groups or individuals who need it.”
“The curriculum provides pupils with an extensive range of interesting activities that strongly motivate them to learn. It is modified effectively to closely meet pupils’ different abilities and needs……A wide range of visits and visitors, and particular themed events such as the ‘Victorian day’, contribute to both enjoyment and learning.” “ The pastoral care provided for pupils is of a high quality, and underpins their excellent personal skills.”
“ In the Early Years Foundation Stage excellent teaching and an outstanding curriculum support children’s excellent progress. Adults are particularly skilled at monitoring and joining in children’s play…….. The setting is led and managed very effectively to maximise the use of the many extra adults who sometimes are available.”
Some highlights from the The Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools Report (SIAMS)are:
“The school, through its distinctive Christian character, is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners”
“Parents interviewed spoke glowingly of the school’s inclusive approach to welcoming all the family and ensuring that they receive the benefits of, as one described, ‘a strong, Christ-centred community’.“
“In this school the distinctive Christian character shines through everything it communicates to families and those out in the wider community. It really does live out on a daily basis the mission statement ‘God’s family through faith, hope and love, dedicated to realising the potential of each person’. Christian values, such as love and compassion, are demonstrated through generous levels of charitable giving. Importantly they are also evident through the small acts of kindness shown through ‘going the extra mile’ to support and help others who are experiencing difficult and challenging times.”
“Excellent levels of pastoral care and concern result in each child knowing that they are loved and valued as unique individuals made in God’s image.”
“All school leaders, including governors, clearly articulate a strong and unequivocal vision for ‘a church school for the whole community’. The inclusive, caring and nurturing ethos permeates throughout the school, building consistently on the mission statement for ‘all to realise their potential’. It welcomes those of all faiths or none with the same deep, sincere love and respect founded on Christian scripture and lived out daily through the personal witness of bother leaders and staff.”
“Through regular, high quality worship opportunities pupils know first-hand the joy of praising God through music, prayers and reflecting on Bible stories and texts. “
“The impact of Collective Worship on the school community is outstanding.”
“Pupils’ awareness of Christianity as a multi-cultural faith is strengthened through a link with a sponsored child in Kenya.”
29. Our Staff Team
Senior Leadership Team (SLT)
Mr D Heather MBE Headteacher Safeguarding Lead Health & Safety
Mrs T Rees Deputy Headteacher SENDCO More Able & Talented PSHE WILLOW
Mr W Webb Assistant Headteacher Data Analysis ICT BEECH
Modern Foreign Languages
Mrs A Quick Senior Administrations Manager Non-teaching Team Lead
Mrs S Major Pre-School Teacher Pre-school Lead
Mrs B Crockett Pre-School Play Leader
Ms P Hicklin Pre-School Play Leader
Mrs J Young Pre-School Assistant
Mrs K Gregory Pre-School Assistant
Early Years (Foundation Stage)
Mrs C Kirk SILVER BIRCH Early Years Lead
Mrs E Lunt (maternity cover)OAK
Mrs S Marchant SILVER BIRCH Nursery Nurse
Key Stage 1 (Y1 & Y2)
Mrs R Pickering HORSE CHESTNUT Key Stage 1 Lead Maths Art / DT
Mrs M Quick WILLOW Geography
Miss S O’Neill ELM Library History
Key Stage 2 (Y3 & Y4)
Mrs R Horsfield CHERRY BLOSSOM Key Stage 2 Lead English Art / DT
Mrs G Nurden JUNIPER History
Mrs T Youngs BEECH Science
Mrs L Borrelli C-B and JUNIPER Religious Education
Miss E Bak Mrs S Bunn Mrs N Dominguez
Mrs K Keen Miss A McGahey Mrs A Norwood
Mrs M Perkins Miss A Shears
Mrs V Heather Lead Practitioner
Mrs J Bailey
Mr L Dunstan PE
Mrs S Dixon Senior Lunchtime Supervisor (and Little Saints)
Mrs E Allison (and Little Saints)
Mrs P Cespedes (and Little Saints)
Mrs V Dimmock
Mrs C Indge (and Little Saints)
Mr G Lathwell
Miss C Redford
Mrs G Robinson
Mrs K Robinson (and Little Saints)
Mrs C Scanlon
Mrs A Godden Office Manager
Mrs J Nicholls Administration Assistant
Mrs T Tew (on secondment)
Kitchen & Site
Mrs L Nelson Kitchen Manager
Ms G Jasvilaite Kitchen Assistant (and Cleaner)
Mrs D Twist Kitchen Assistant (and Little Saints)
Mr J Blake Cleaner
Mrs S Young Site Agent
Little Saints (Before and After School Provision)
Mr D Hinchliff
Mrs A Togneri
Other staff as noted in teams above.
30. The School Uniform
Our uniform is smart, bright and simple. It is designed to be as practical and inexpensive as possible, to ensure a smart appearance and to empower parents when choosing clothes with their children.
White polo shirt
Grey school trousers
Grey knee-length skirts or knee-length pinafore dresses
Gold sweatshirts/gold cardigan with logo (ordered through the PTA via the website shop or the school office)
Socks – plain white or grey
Shoes – black, brown or navy (no platform soles, high heels, open toes, jelly-shoes or sling-backs or any other footwear that in the view of the head teacher would pose a health and safety hazard). Wellington boots are occasionally needed on wet or snowy days.
Underwear – sensible cotton pants and vests. (Please do not send children to school wearing any kind of fashion or other inappropriate underwear).
Summer Term – Yellow summer dresses in stripes or gingham for girls
– Smart tailored shorts for boys
For Forest School – Wellington boots, waterproof trousers and coat, hat and gloves.
Hair – regardless of gender, hair must be tied back and kept smart using plain hair bands in school colours only. Jewellery and other fashion accessories may NOT be worn apart from plain stud earring which need to be removed or taped over for PE.
Plain yellow round necked tee-shirt (available from the PTA via the website SHOP tab or the school office)
Plain black shorts (not lycra)
Black slip-on plimsolls
All children must have a named PE bag for their kit.
All items of clothing must be named. A lost property box is retained in the main entrance. At the end of each half term, all unclaimed clothing is disposed of.
The PTA has a supply of book bags with the school logo, which are useful for keeping books in good order and carrying them between home and school.
31. Term Dates
For details of term dates and events please see our DIARY DATES tab on this website or call the school office.
32. Contacting the School
Please make all initial enquiries and appointments with Mrs Alison Quick, Senior Administrations Manager.
You can contact her at:
Pulford Church of England VA Lower School
Tel: 01525 372188