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PDF files downloadsStatutory information about our school

Follow the links to the statutory information about our school.

Contact details

Admission arrangements

Ofsted Report

2014 Key stage 1 & 2 results

School performance tables

School curriculum information

Behaviour policy

Statutory Budget Position 2013-14

Pupil Premium allocation

PE and sport premium for primary schools

SEN policy

Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) School Offer 2014

Charging and remissions policy

Our ethos and values

British values statement

2014 Key Stage 1 & 2 results Return to top

This is a summary of our Key stage 1 & 2 results for 2014.

Key stage 1 2014 % results

Levels

<2

2

3

Reading

 

10

90 (90)

42 (41)

Writing

 

10

90(100)

19 (31)

Maths

 

10

90 (96)

29 (34)

 

Key stage 2 2014 % results (National % scores)

Levels

<3/3

4

5

6

Reading

6 (11)

94 (89)

61 (68)

0 (0)

Writing

10 (11)

90 (89)

48 (64)

0 (0)

SPAG

19 (18)

81 (82)

54 (47)

0 (4)

Maths

20 (14)

80 (86)

51 (48)

11 (11)

R W +M

23 (21)

77 (79)

35 (36)

0

 

School curriculum information

Religious Education (RE) Return to top
Religious Education permeates across daily life and learning at St. Adrian’s.  Children learn about their Catholic faith, developing an understanding of the bible and the teachings of the Catholic Church, as well as actively participating in a variety of worship.
As part of Religious Education, children learn about Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism.

It is our aim that children will recognise and value all people with their diversity of gifts, cultures and faiths and develop a consideration for others, learning to work together with a sense of social responsibility and compassion.

Literacy Return to top
At St Adrian’s, we ensure that literacy skills are taught throughout all curriculum areas. In the Key stage one and Reception classes, speaking and listening activities form an essential part of the literacy teaching. Within these classes, there are also additional phonics sessions which follow the letters and sounds programme.

Many forms of writing are experienced throughout the school including story writing, instructional writing, persuasive writing, recounts and poetry. The children enjoy regular ‘Big Writing’ session where they have the opportunity to demonstrate the literacy skills they have learnt.

Maths Return to top
Maths is taught through a daily numeracy lesson which follows the principles of the Primary Numeracy Strategy. This ensures a broad and through coverage of the main aspects of numeracy: number, shape space and measure, data handling and using and applying mathematics. There is also a strong emphasis on mental arithmetic and children are set regular tasks to develop this skill.
In order to develop mathematical skills and concepts, children may be grouped in class according to ability but these groups are often changed according to individual strengths and weaknesses across the main aspects of numeracy.

Considerable importance is attached to the children achieving and understanding mathematical processes and it is our aim to ensure children feel confident and encouraged about their learning in maths. This is achieved by planning interesting and enjoyable lessons that give each child the opportunity to actively participate in the learning process. Class teachers also plan for opportunities to develop and apply key mathematical skills in other subjects throughout the year and to real life situations.

Science Return to top
Science in St Adrian’s gives children the opportunity to be inquisitive, to explore and find out about the world around them.  As they progress through the school, the children carry out practical investigations with greater independence and have the opportunity to research information, use a variety of equipment and resources and sometimes go on visits to other establishments to gain firsthand experience. In their work children develop a variety of strategies to analyse what they have found out and are encouraged to record their findings accordingly. The Science units can also be linked to other areas of the curriculum such as ICT, Maths and Art and topics covered include Light and Sound, Changing Materials, Forces In Action, Life Cycles, habitats and Healthy Living.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Return to top
ICT is taught as a discrete subject, as well as being used to support cross-curricular learning. Pupils are taught a range of knowledge, skills and understanding through four areas of learning: finding things out; developing ideas and making things happen; exchanging and sharing information; reviewing, modifying and evaluating work as it progresses. They use word-processing, multimedia, graphics, data handling and modelling software. Children have good access to PCs and netbooks. We also have iPods, digital cameras, microscopes and programmable toys.

We have adopted the new Hertfordshire ICT Scheme of work. This is an exciting scheme that incorporates current technologies and challenges the children to excel within the subject. The school has a programme of investment in ICT to ensure that children have access to resources that reflects the constantly changing technology that they encounter in the wider world.

History Return to top
Foundation stage and key stage one are introduced to history through sequencing, listening to stories and looking at photographs or exploring artifacts. Then as the children travel up the school the children go on to study the Romans, invaders and settlers, Exploration and Encounters, Tudors and Victorians, Ancient Egypt and Greece. All the children have the opportunity to visit museums and we also have visitors come into the school to present workshops and performances.

Geography Return to top
Geography is presented to the younger children with the focus of themselves. They explore their home, school and the local environment. They continue to focus on what’s familiar to them by looking at journeys and transport, and why people decide to make journeys.
In KS2 children develop their map skills and how to read and create various maps, they study settlements, and land use. They look at environmental issues by comparing and contrasting areas around Britain and locations around the world.

Art & Design Return to top
Children have the opportunity to work with a wide range of media and materials to develop their skills and techniques in Art and Design.  These include the use of paint, pastel, charcoal, textile and clay.  They are encouraged to express themselves creatively in both 2D and 3D, indoors and outdoors.  Often, children study the work of another artist, considering how a piece was made and how it made them feel.  They discuss and evaluate their own work and that of their peers.  Children’s art work is valued and displayed prominently throughout the school.

Music Return to top
At St Adrian’s Mrs. Anne Goldsmith, our music specialist teaches Foundation stage through to Year 6. The weekly lessons provide the children with a wealth of musical experiences and opportunities to develop their skills and understanding of how music is made. The content of the music curriculum includes using sounds and music to make responses, singing in parts as well as unison, playing a whole array of percussion and other instruments; composition and music appreciation. There is also a programme of music appreciation so that children learn about composers and their works.
In Key stage 2 children may choose to learn an instrument beginning with recorder and guitar progressing on to clarinet, flute and saxophone.
Music plays a major part in school through assemblies, masses and performances and children have many opportunities to participate by singing or playing their instrument.

D.T. Return to top
Children are encouraged to develop their skills in D.T. through practical tasks and projects.  They are invited to find solutions to a range of problems.  Children are engaged in their own designing and planning, testing of ideas, and product creations.  They discuss, evaluate and amend their solutions/ products throughout the project, and support each other to improve upon original ideas.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) Return to top

Personal, Social and Health Education encourages children to take responsibility for their own health and well-being. PSHE will enable children to develop important life skills, such as how to react in difficult situations, and to learn about rights and responsibilities for themselves and others. In doing this, it is anticipated that self-confidence and esteem will be promoted.

Physical Education (PE) Return to top
Physical Education is an essential part of school life at St Adrian’s and children have the opportunity to develop a variety of skills, confidence and self-esteem through  a wide range of sporting activities such as gymnastics, dance, tennis, multiskills and basketball. We employ specialist sports coaches (Get Set 4 Sport) to enhance the curriculum in Key Stages 1 and 2 and deliver the requirements of the National Curriculum. The PE curriculum extends beyond the school day and a varied selection of extra-curricular clubs are offered during the school week. Swimming is also an integral part of the curriculum and is offered to c lower Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 1.
St Adrian’s is part of the Nicholas Breakspear Sports Partnership and as such the school is involved in many other sporting opportunities and competitions, such as gifted and talented sports camps, speed stacking and indoor athletics.
The school participates in many local competitions and has enjoyed great success over the years. Recently the school was awarded by the Herts Advertiser the School Team of the Year award for swimming.

Pupil Premium Report 2013-2014 Return to top

Pupil Premium is a source of funding made available by the Government that is designed to narrow the attainment gap between economically disadvantaged pupils and their more advantaged peers.
The additional funding is allocated to schools to provide support for children from low income families to ensure they make good progress and achieve the expected levels of attainment.

Compared to local and national figures, St Adrian’s has a relatively low percentage of eligible pupils, however this source of funding is essential and the school is accountable for how it is used. Senior Leaders, Governors and the LA, in addition to OFSTED monitor the impact of the expenditure on the outcomes for children. In April 2014 eligibility became available for adopted pupils.

Facts and Figures of PPG received

Total number of pupils on roll

241

Total number of pupils funded for PPG in budget 2013-2014

10

Amount of PPG received per pupil

£900

Total amount of PPG received

£9000

Final PPG income after in-year  adjustments in April 2014

£12380

 

Allocation £12380

Additional support for Booster classes Y6

11%

Additional teaching support in KS1 & KS2

75%

Counselling support

9%

Music tuition & swimming provision

1.5%

Class residential trips and day visits

3.5%

Impact on Attainment and Progress of Pupil Premium Group:

In the following tables, orange cells denote below age related expectations (ARE), white cells denote ARE, and blue cells denote exceeding ARE.

Reading:

Writing

Maths