Welcome from our Executive Headteacher
I first entered the teaching profession because I loved the excitement, curiosity and energy for life and learning of young children and could think of no better job than helping and influencing children to discover and achieve their dreams and to lay the foundations for future success. Twenty two years later as Executive Head, I feel exactly the same and have the privilege of leading a team of talented and inspirational colleagues who share that same vision at Arbourthorne and across our Federation.
Children and families feel part of something special at Arbourthorne. They thrive because the staff take time to know the children as individuals and their families and build meaningful relationships. Children are at the heart of all decisions made by our team. In our federation, everything we do is based on the simple belief that all children will achieve highly given the right levels of support and inspiration and that each child has many talents that can be discovered and grown. We know that children flourish personally and academically when they feel safe, happy and are inspired by talented teachers and supported by a community that knows and appreciates them as individuals.
We are proud of the children’s creative, artistic and academic success and their sporting achievements, encouraging and developing these talents at every opportunity.
Our school curriculum has been consistently broad and well balanced for many years and builds carefully on prior knowledge. It has been praised by OfSTED. We have employed an artist in residence, Jayne Cooper, for ten years and the result of her work with families and colleagues has been outstanding. Our curriculum aims to open doors and broaden horizons and builds on what children already know and what they want to find out, encouraging curiosity and a love of learning.
Arbourthorne celebrates the success of all abilities in a nurturing and caring atmosphere and every visitor comments on the warmth, friendliness and kindness of staff and children. Children are encouraged to join in with our sporting activities at lunchtimes and a range of after school clubs and we run family events and holiday clubs throughout the year.
We have a life skills house called ‘Red Robin House’ which opened in 2014 and children from foundation stage to Y6 learn core skills such as cooking a meal from scratch, sewing, baking cakes, growing vegetables, living a healthy lifestyle, mending a puncture on a bike, calling emergency services and caring for the community. We run activities for families and work closely with other providers to offer training and support groups for the community.
Our children have personality and we celebrate character and individuality. We foster social skills and attitudes through our 8 core values which are designed to create good citizens in society; citizens who are respectful and tolerant of others, who aim high in all aspects of their life and can work with confidence in a team situation. Our children have enquiring minds and the motivation to succeed. We are proud of the way in which our children are prepared for secondary school and the good citizens they become within this community.
Reading our website is important but visiting the school and getting a feel of the atmosphere, meeting our wonderful children and seeing the interaction between staff and children and the eight core values in action will truly help you understand what we are all about.
Please make an appointment to visit our school by calling the school office on 0114 2398163 . You will be warmly welcomed!
Ms Vanessa Langley
Welcome from our Head of School
Dear Parents, Families and Friends of Arbourthorne,
I am delighted to welcome you to Arbourthorne Community Primary School and our school website. We are a vibrant and busy two form entry school with a 78 place (39 FTE) nursery. It is a very special place where everyone works together to make a real difference to children and families in our school community. We believe in giving our children the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and qualities, which will equip them for a successful future, underpinned by our 8 Core Values - respect, care, determination, teamwork, aiming-high, self-belief, voice and thoughtfulness.
Our curriculum is literacy-rich, reflects children’s interests and covers the National Curriculum in an exciting and motivating context. We offer a balance of teacher directed input and pupil research and investigation, so as to foster a passion for learning and curiosity. We celebrate success at all levels and recognise children’s individual talents and qualities.
At Arbourthorne we believe in developing successful and supportive relationships with parents, families and the local community with our children at the heart of everything we do. Our open door policy for current families enables you to speak to your child’s class teacher, a member of the pastoral team or senior team everyday.
Our website aims to give you up-to-date weekly news, through our newsletters; information about forthcoming events; photographs and updates of children's learning experiences; as well as sharing policies and procedures, which form the ethos and expectations of our school.
I am excited to be working in close partnership with you to ensure that all our children at Arbourthorne are given every opportunity to enjoy challenging learning, grow and develop as individuals. This will enable them to achieve their full potential in our happy, ambitious and caring community school.
Arbourthorne Community Primary School is a great environment in which to learn and a fantastic place to work. We welcome you to contact us to arrange a visit and find out what a special and wonderful school we are!
Head of School
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