Safeguarding our children is by far the most important aspect of our role at Old Town Primary but our true purpose is ensuring that our children achieve the highest possible academic attainment. Pupil outcomes at Old Town Primary are strong and Ofsted say "There is enough evidence of improved performance to suggest that the school could be judged outstanding if we were to carry out a section 5 inspection now.” Inspectors will return within two years and this will give us an opportunity to show them that we are indeed an outstanding school.
Responding to the needs of the community and families is absolutely key to the success of any school and so we will always seek your views and respond to your concerns; a judgement of Outstanding would not make us complacent. As the HMI said to me, outstanding does not mean perfect. No school is perfect; there are always issues to solve and areas to improve. With your continued support, we will be able to achieve this.
School and families work hard together to encourage the development of well-rounded individuals. By the time they leave us, we want to ensure that our children are confident, compassionate, responsible and resilient.
Given the small size of our school (approx. 70 pupils taught over three classes), we have a disproportionately high success rate in sporting and music competitions and our wider curriculum has been developed in consultation with families which enables us to match the needs of our community. Our work reaches beyond the curriculum and into our pastoral support system, ensuring children develop character and values that will enable them to become net contributors to the local community and wider society.
We have a genuine passion for the holistic development of children. We champion emotional development, positive behaviour traits and forming a moral compass. The relationships that we build and nurture with families and the local community has enabled us to build a small army of volunteers who help in school each week, working alongside staff and pupils to achieve a common aim. Here at Old Town Primary everyone works together as a team to ensure we have a strong learning community. In fact, we like to think of our school as a big family where everyone involved with the school has an important part to play in supporting and encouraging each other. At Old Town, we value the partnership between home and school and we are proud of our "open door" policy where parents and guardians are welcome to visit our school and discuss any issue whenever necessary.
We at Old Town firmly believe in this, our Mission Statement:
"They come this way only once so we should litter their pathways with quality experiences."
Equality and Inclusion
We at Old Town Primary strive to be a totally inclusive school community. We welcome all pupils regardless of their race, religion, gender, ability or disability, or family circumstances. We welcome all families and carers and encourage their participation in school life, again regardless of the above characteristics, so for example we welcome families with one, two or more parents/carers, same sex or mixed sex parents/carers, disabled parents/carers, those with a faith and those with no faith.
We strive to promote positive self-images, positive experiences and positive interactions between all pupils through the school curriculum, books and teaching resources and playground procedures and rules. We have a positive anti bullying policy. Bullying, including the use of discriminatory language, is not tolerated in our school. This includes for example racist and homophobic language. We have equal expectations of standards of behaviour, effort, achievement and engagement in the whole curriculum regardless of gender.
We strive to make school accessible for all and we make all reasonable adjustments to encourage participation of pupils, parents/carers and staff with any kind of disability. If you require access information, please contact the school. If you would like this information in another format (e.g. Braille, large print, audio print or computer file) or another language, telephone 01422 842859.
I feel very proud to be part of the Old Town Primary community and hopefully you can see that our school is a happy and exciting place to learn. Please get in touch if you would like to meet us and look around.
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