Inspire, challenge and achieve together
Our Mission Danetree is a caring school where learning is creative, challenging and inspiring; enabling all to achieve their potential.
A New Beginning Welcome On behalf of the children, staff and Governors I would like to warmly welcome you to Danetree Primary School. We are delighted to announce that Danetree will become a school for 2 – 11 year olds, accepting our first Reception cohort in September 2016 in a brand new, purpose built setting. Danetree was judged to be a ‘good school’ by Ofsted in June 2014. Our forward thinking approach and dedicated staff aim to provide the best education for our children, bringing learning to life through our innovative, thematic and enjoyable curriculum. When combined with our varied menu of clubs and activities, Danetree is an exciting prospect for your son or daughter. As an academy within GLF Schools, we benefit from sharing outstanding resources, facilities and support with Glyn School, Cuddington Croft Primary and other schools within the academy trust. We welcome you to view Danetree and see our children in action. Our Year 6 ambassadors are keen to show you around their school and you willhave the opportunity to ask them about their experience of school life. We look forward to meeting you. James Broad Headteacher
Early Years We are delighted to welcome our first Reception children in September 2016. We will also be opening a Nursery provision for children aged 2 to 3 years as well as 3 to 4 years. The Early Years Foundation Stage is an important and statutory phase in education, which begins at birth and continues to the end of the Reception year. Danetree Primary School boasts the benefits of our newly built Infant and Early Years provision with its impressive use of space and inspiring facilities and yet retains an intimate and friendly feel. Whilst enjoying the benefit of being able to access the outstanding facilities of the main school, there are dedicated outside play areas for the Infants and well equipped and stimulating outdoor learning spaces for the Early Years children.
The curriculum is important in its own right. It is the beginning of all future learning and it supports and fosters childrenâ€™s well-being and helps develop positive attitudes and dispositions towards learning. Children will learn through first hand experiences,
speaking and listening, well planned purposeful play, exploration and experimentation. We recognise that every child is unique and special. Our practitioners delivering the Early Years curriculum will monitor progress and attainment, observe children participating in exciting learning activities and use modelling to promote the personal, social, moral and emotional development of our children. We strongly believe that children, staff and parents are entering on a journey together and recognise how crucial it is to work for us all to work in partnership. We frequently welcome parents into school, to help not only children but also to support them as their children make the transition into full time education. We encourage parents and carers to play an active part in their childâ€™s education by supporting their childâ€™s education at home and keeping in regular contact with our dedicated team at school.
Our new delightful library setting is the ideal start for your childâ€™s educational journey.
Extensive facilities Our impressive facilities include large external playing fields, two tennis courts, a gymnasium with dedicated boys and girls’ changing rooms, a music room and a modern foreign languages room. Our hall, with stage and sound system, plays host to regular performances by the children; which parents are welcome to attend. The ‘Danetree Diner,’ our purpose built dining hall, which opened in 2010 offers nutritious meals, freshly cooked on site, and a bright welcoming environment for the children to enjoy their lunchtimes.
We are passionate about providing children with state of the art resources, from our well-equipped ICT suite, furnished with 32 PC’s to banks of Apple iPads.
Each classroom enjoys the benefit of an interactive whiteboard and other digital equipment such as visualisers, web-cams and digital microscopes to enhance learning.
“My child settled remarkably quickly, in an environment where everyone knew his name, whilst still benefiting from being part of a larger junior school” Year 3 Parent
The newest addition to our remarkable facilities is our brand new ‘Narnia-themed’ library packed with high quality children’s texts. This provides our children with the most inspiring environment to promote a love of reading. The library looks out across our new Danetree peace garden with vegetable beds for each year group as a central calming feature of our lovely school building. Our parents have often commented that our separate Year 3 learning block is hugely attractive to our prospective Year 2 families and how effective this is in supporting a seamless transition from our neighbouring infant schools. This excellent provision is being redesigned and will be opened later in the Autumn 2015 to incorporate a separate Year 3 library area as well as several additional open plan learning spaces to support all children.
Expectations We are committed to an ethos of high expectations and endeavour to treat our children as individuals, inspired with confidence to reach their full potential as twenty-first century citizens. In a stimulating environment, children are expected to be respectful, polite, honest and to contribute to our school community.
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As parents you will expect us to care for your children; we achieve this through determined academic focus, extra-curricular opportunities and nurturing our children’s social development. Our ‘Behaviour for Learning’ strategies and reward system reflect our excellent pastoral care whilst celebrating children’s achievements. We recognise that we are a large school and we have established a system that supports the children throughout their time at school on an individual basis.
â€œLeaders at all levels are passionate about the school and want the best for the pupilsâ€? Ofsted 2014
â€œPupils enjoy school and are especially enthusiastic about practical activities and work that has a clear relevance to everyday lifeâ€? Ofsted 2014
An inspiring curriculum At Danetree Primary School, we believe that learning should be enjoyable and motivational and must provide a variety of opportunities for all. We are proud of our ‘Creative Curriculum’ which is adapted from the Cornerstones Curriculum to capture our children’s interest and imagination. This curriculum has been nominated for national awards and is built on years of experience and a four stage teaching and learning philosophy: Engage, Develop, Innovate, Express. Our curriculum allows the children to develop and apply the skills that they need to make an effective transition to secondary school and to contribute positively to society. In order to deliver a tailored approach to children’s learning, every child is taught in personalised
groups for mathematics across the school. This ensures that children are taught at a pace that is appropriate to them and conducive to effective learning. The children in every year group benefit from specialist teaching in French and learning support is provided to individual children or classes as required.
“Pupils enjoy school and are especially enthusiastic about practical activities and work that has a clear relevance to everyday life” Ofsted 2014
Achievement Children at Danetree achieve highly and our results have significantly increased over recent years. Our most recent results (2015) report the percentage of children achieving a level 4 (which is the national expected level at the end of Key Stage 2) surpasses national averages in all key areas. It also shows that the percentage of children achieving a level 5 (which is above the national expected level at the end of Key Stage 2) is broadly in line with national averages. As a result children leave us as confident, happy and ambitious young people, well equipped for the next phase of their education.
Reading Level 4+ Writing Level 4+ Maths Level 4+
â€œPupils are making rapid progress in reading, writing and mathematics and consequently attainment is rising quickly.â€? Ofsted 2014
2013 75% 62% 78%
2014 85% 87% 74%
2015 91% 89% 92%
A collaborative approach to learning We place emphasis on the vital role that parents play in the education of their children and welcome parental involvement in all aspects of school life. We encourage parents, carers and other volunteers from the local community to become ‘Reading Rangers’ or ‘Parent Helpers’.
Over the years, we have forged strong links with a number of local groups and services that allow us to offer our children a unique blend of varied activities, ranging from church-led activities, to sporting, music and craft clubs. In addition we provide the parents with the flexibility of having an extended day with
our dining facilities hosting a breakfast club and after school care delivered by Club Vale. We have an informed and supportive Governing Body that works closely with our passionate and committed staff. Our enthusiastic and active Parent Teacher Association (PTA) provide social and fund raising activities and we would welcome your contribution. We value our relationships with our feeder infant and local secondary schools, to ensure that transition at both key stages is seamless and effective with parents being informed every step of the way.
Headteacher: James Broad Danetree Road, West Ewell, Surrey, KT19 9SE 0208 3936406 email@example.com www.danetreeschool.org
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