Singleton CE Primary School
“Passion for Learning and Passion for Life”.
With God, all things are possible. Matthew 19:26
Aims and Ethos 2020/21
“Passion for Learning and Passion for Life”
“With God all things are possible” Matthew 19:26
“I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full” John 10:10
To provide the children with a variety of challenging and enriching opportunities, enabling them to live life to the full. Developing a growth mind-set, believing that with God everything is possible. To show, love, trust, wisdom and respect, becoming exemplary role models in our community and the wider world.
The Singleton School Overview
Singleton C of E Primary School strives to provide a well-rounded education for our children within a stimulating, fun learning environment. We believe that all children who become pupils at our school deserve the best Christian Education and we have the highest expectations of pupil attainment, teacher performance, governor performance, support staff performance and parental involvement. We encourage everyone to strive for excellence and achieve their full potential.
Singleton C of E School continues to be one of the top performing primary schools nationally and expects all involved to be committed to striving for excellence.
As a school, we aim to prepare our children for living and learning responsibly in British society through embedding the following aims:
- To strive for the highest standards of pupil attainment and progress for all children not accepting underperformance by pupils or staff.
- To enable each child to progress towards the realisation of his/her full potential, regardless of age, cultural background, disability, gender, race or religious beliefs.
- To Foster a ‘Passion for learning,’ developing an ability to question and think rationally, to show initiative, rise to a challenge and apply themselves to all tasks conscientiously.
- Delivering an innovative curriculum, that is broad and balanced, promotes a love of God, British values with an emphasis on; – Literacy and Numeracy skills, creativity, enrichment, challenge, enquiry, investigation and FUN!
- Effectively planned learning opportunities for all pupils to achieve in line with or exceed expectations within EYFS, KS1 and KS2 statutory assessments.
- To provide effective staff development opportunities for all staff which recognise and utilise their skills and expertise efficiently within school.
- To provide appraisal for staff that, – supports performance improvements, professional development and promotes accountability and responsibility for the children in their care.
- To develop a ‘Passion for Life’ through building; – self-esteem, confidence, resilience and encouraging our children to take a pride in themselves. To also learn how to be healthy, stay safe, have a happy disposition and have a measured approach towards life and decision making.
- Promoting British Values of respect, tolerance and understanding for the cultural and religious principles of others, particularly those within our own community.
- Encouraging as a Christian School the highest expectations for behaviour by showing courtesy, good manners, consideration for the needs of others and respect for the Christian Values of the school within a framework of love, reconciliation and forgiveness.
- Recognising that parents are also prime educators, we encourage a close partnership between home and school.
- Rigorously monitor and evaluate our performance in order to raise standards further.
- To work in partnership with the church, local community, Singleton Trust, local schools and industry to deepen our understanding of the wider world.
- Provide opportunities for extended learning through the provision of a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities.
- Develop the pupil voice and the roles and responsibilities of our pupils, enabling them to take a pro – active role and remain at the centre of the development of our school.
Progress to date
In 2010 when the current Head teacher took up her post, our school was graded by Ofsted as a satisfactory school with no capacity to improve. As a result of this our school was placed on the register to be monitored by Ofsted.
Since 2012 we have been recognised as one of the highest performing schools in the country.
In 2012 we received a letter from David Laws MP congratulating us on our performance and explaining that the success of our children and their excellent rates of progress in both maths and English placed our school among the top performing primary schools in the county.
In 2013 we received another letter from David Laws MP congratulating us once again on our excellent performance and explaining that we were one of the top 105 performing primary schools in England out of over 15000. He went on to explain that in comparison with schools that had near identical intakes we were ranked 1st.
In 2014 we received a letter from Ben Wallace MP congratulating us on achieving 6th place in The Times performance list out of over 15,500 schools.
We were ranked 6th nationally out of 15,500 schools and 1st in Lancashire.
Ranked 9th nationally out of 15500 schools (2015).
In January 2016 we received a letter from Nicky Morgan MP – commending our success.
In 2017, we were inspected and achieved the Ofsted rating of ‘Outstanding’ in all categories. Ofsted identified:-
“Teachers use assessment information with expertise to ensure that they cater for every pupil’s learning needs. As a result, pupils make outstanding progress.”
“Singleton lives up to its school motto, ‘Passion for learning, passion for life’ in every aspect of its work.”
“The exceptional leadership of the head teacher, the staff team and governors has created a climate of high expectations, a love of learning and an insistence on the very best for every pupil.”
In 2018, we received a letter from Nick Gibb MP congratulating school on 100% of pupils reaching or exceeding the expected standard in reading and mathematics at the end of KS2. He explained that this meant that our school was therefore in the top 1% of primary schools in England for attainment in reading and mathematics.
In 2019, we received a letter from Rt. Hon Damian Hinds, indicating that once again our achievement in reading and mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2 was outstanding putting us in the top 1% of primary schools in England.
In 2019, we received a letter from Nick Gibb MP, congratulating us on our outstanding achievements in the 2019 phonics screening check as 100% of our pupils met or exceeded the pass mark.
In 2020, we received a letter from Nick Gibb MP congratulating school on 100% of pupils reaching or exceeding the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of KS2. He explained that this meant that our school was therefore in the top 1% of primary schools in the country
- Continued to sustain very high standards of attainment across all key stages over the last 5 years.
- Enhanced music provision –we offer brass and singing lessons from specialist teachers. We have ‘Musical Theatre’ within our curriculum and run annual ‘MAD’ weeks (music, art and drama) and an annual ‘Talent Show’.
- Rise in pupil numbers from 89 in 2010 to 103 in 2020. We are now oversubscribed in some classes.
- Ofsted Outstanding in all categories – March 2017.
- New and improved facilities for outside learning- two large wooded areas.
- We include Forests Schools as part of our curriculum
- New and improved ICT resources / facilities – all classrooms have interactive TV’s.
- STEM ( Science, Technology, engineering and mathematics) is threaded through our curriculum
- We promote ‘Growth Mind set’ across school
- The progress and attainment of the children at Singleton School has been significantly higher than national norms in every category for the last 5 years. Our challenge now in light of all recent educational changes if to sustain our high achievements and continually improve what we offer our children.
- Effective development and implementation of ‘Assessment without Levels ‘in house tracking system
- SIAMS excellent November 2019