We have a teaching team that aims to reflect their high aspirations and commitment to their own learning. Regardless of our roles, we are a professional body which works across the school to develop consistent approaches to teaching and learning whilst prioritising the needs of learners in our care.
What levels of expertise do we bring to the school?
Areas of specialism include Languages and literature, Maths, Drama and the Arts, leading research and innovation, emotional literacy, assessment for learning, EYFS, inspiring leaders and coaching new leaders, PSHE leadership, international schools with staff who have worked across Asia, Africa, Europe and the United States developing shared practice and an understanding of global citizenship in equitable partnerships. We also have support staff trained in a variety of areas to support children’s academic and emotional progress.
Some of our staff have or are undertaking Masters level or higher qualifications to inform their practice, and many of them aspire to learn new skills in Provision for Special needs. In addition to this we like to share new life skills or hobbies we learn, such as artistic flair, cookery, tap dancing, or learning from our mistakes. All staff, including our admin team, swimming staff, gardening team, lunchtime staff and Mr Rick, our site manager, commit to developing high quality learning within an environment that reflects this.
Our personal motivations
We are committed to developing a learning community where all individuals can develop passions and curiosity about the world, and this is what every member of staff in our school is encouraged to demonstrate and reflect on.
Where we identify areas for improvement we seek to work with others to develop new skills or collaborate across rich networks.
Working with other professional bodies
We draw on expertise from social care, the school nursing team, paediatric specialists, educational psychologists and specialist teaching teams, as well as independent consultants who can provide for a range of needs. We also work closely with our Educational Welfare Officer and Safeguarding Central Duty to support children’s attendance and safety. This enables us to target provision for all children and their families in our community.
Melton Lynx Partnership
As a group of Academy Schools we work closely with Asfordby Hill, Frisby, Great Dalby, Old Dalby and Swallowdale Primary Schools to develop network links between staff and children to improve standards of education and breadth of opportunities across our community.
Melton Heads Network
We work across our wider network to liaise on transition and within improvement projects such as our current Talk Boost Project developing speaking and listening skills in Early Years and Key Stage 1.This includes working across Key Stage 3 and beyond to higher education providers to identify areas for collaboration.
Affinity Teaching Schools Alliance
Our partnership with the alliance and outer local Affinity partnerships supports our school improvement planning and professional development as well as offering inspirational opportunities to explore educational theory and how this can impact on key issues in our school. Staff networks and the commitment to self-improving schools systems continue to inspire us in driving forwards for the best possible outcomes for children.
This is not just on a local level, but we also engage with national standards and initiatives as well as international research to make sure we aim to prepare our children to have high aspirations for their roles in the world.
Local Community and working with parents
We are proud of the work our PTA, the FOACC, undertakes. They work hard to fund raise and plan events to engage as many of our local community members they can, ranging from cake raffles, car boot sales, fetes and magician evenings, as well as our school discos, and it is thanks to them we have a new learning den, library and pantomime trips.
We have recently had meetings to develop a parent forum, which we hope will help develop further communication links as well as engage the community in examining local and National educational issues that impact on our children and community. This will not only support us in gathering ideas and problem solving, but also in sharing learning and generating innovative ideas to enhance learning across the community.
We’re also fortunate to have a range of visitors and professionals who contribute to school life, including Deacon Dawn, Reverend Sue, Chance to Shine Cricket, Leicester Riders and Red Monkey, Asfordby Pre School, Life Education Bus, Premier Sports, Longfield Academy, Start to Swim, Jess Warrington Dance, visiting theatre groups and author visits, including Andy Cope and our very own parent author Nicky Wade, not forgetting David Gott, illustrator, police sergeant, governor and artist, and Neil Tansley, our specialist literacy support teacher.