Old Trafford Community School is committed to the principle of continuous improvement and is determined to aim for, and attain excellence in the provision we make and the standards we achieve.
of Beliefs & Values We see education as a partnership, in which the entitlements and responsibilities of all partners (governors, staff, parents, pupils) are acknowledged and their contribution valued. We believe that an effective school is one that operates as a community, with a shared sense of purpose providing the focus for its development. Such a community treats all its members with dignity and humanity, fostering self-respect and respect for others and rejecting discrimination of any kind. We consider it a privilege that parents entrust their children to us, and acknowledge that we must be held accountable to parents, children and the wider community for the service we provide. We refuse to accept the mediocre in any aspect of our provision. We believe that both the community we serve and our staff are entitled to the highest standards of provision in all aspects of school life, including teaching and learning, behaviour, pastoral care, professional support and development, buildings, resources. We believe that children are entitled to provision that enables them to achieve to the utmost and fulfil their potential. We are determined to break down the barriers that stand between some children and success, by challenging discrimination in all its forms and through effective curriculum planning and delivery, focused on individual needs. We recognise that it is the responsibility of the school to develop structures that enable us to turn beliefs and values into practice, reflected across the entire organisation.
Aims & Commitments To ensure that our beliefs and values are put into practice, we must be committed to:
Ensuring consistency and continuity of provision across the school.
Providing a broad and balanced curriculum (including the National Curriculum) in an effective and appropriate way for all children. Motivating children to learn by providing quality resources and materials that are well prepared and presented to support the delivery of all curriculum areas. Providing a stimulating environment which enables children to increasingly take responsibility and become independent learners.
Recognising and celebrating success and achievement, raising the awareness of individuals and groups of their value within the school community.
Working closely with parents as partners in the education of their children.
Providing an ongoing programme of staff development at all levels.
Working towards equality of opportunity in all that we do. Promoting a positive pleasure in learning.
Developing a supportive relationship between the school and community based upon mutual trust and respect.
Admissions Children who have attended our nursery are not automatically allocated a reception place in school. The school follows Trafford Local Authority Admissions Procedure. Parents need to complete the Common Application Form sent out to prospective parents. This application can now be completed online. Parents are notified of the offered place in April. During the Summer Term, details are sent to parents of the induction events for both parents and children.
Community & Extended Services
We are a fully extended school and we strive to involve parents, grandparents, governors, friends and the wider community. We have:
Regular celebration assemblies where families are welcome.
Busy and diverse curriculum weeks which encourage family participation.
A range of after-school clubs from homework clubs to Film Clubs.
Popular parent and toddler drop in sessions running weekly.
A variety of adult and family learning opportunities that include ESOL classes, Parenting courses, jewellery making, healthy families and many more.
Lots of links with local community partners that allow us to run family inclusive activities such as Family Fun Days in the school holidays.
Building & Grounds We are very proud of our school. The governors and the staff in consultation with the school council, are continually looking at ways to improve the learning environment for the children. The school building is well maintained and provides us excellent resources. We have: Interactive whiteboards in every classroom. Plentiful ICT equipment. A school gym. A large dining hall.
Separate purpose built play area for foundation stage. School garden area. Community / family area which has a kitchen and ballpool facilities.
Secure outdoor play area.
Communications The school endeavours to keep parents up to date on school issues. There are regular newsletters and text messages to provide information. The school website www.oldtrafford.trafford.sch.uk contains copies of all these communications as well as many other items of interest to parents â€“ including our policy on admissions and attendance. Please check it regularly as there is also an online calendar to inform you of important dates and regularly updated whatâ€™s on guides.
Curriculum As children enter our Nursery and Reception years, they begin working on the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This focuses on seven areas of learning and development â€“ three prime areas and four specific areas. The three prime areas are communication and language, physical development, and personal, social and emotional development; they cover the knowledge and skills which are the foundations for childrenâ€™s school readiness and future progress. These foundations are reinforced by the four specific areas; literacy, mathematics, understanding the world, and expressive arts and design. From Year 1 onwards children follow a broad and balanced curriculum. As well as ensuring that we meet the requirements of the National Curriculum, we aim to ensure that learning is exciting and enjoyable. Children are all individuals and progress at different rates. Consequently work is differentiated within the classroom so that all children are challenged to extend their learning and fulfil their potential. The core curriculum area of English, maths and science are taught systematically and thoroughly as subjects in their own right. This learning is then enhanced through application of these skills in work across the curriculum. We have a growing reputation for the quality of our arts education, and hold the Artsmark Award. All children have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. There are many opportunities for children to develop their individual talents across a range of arts subjects, both in class and through our after-school activities.
Governors The governors of the school work closely with the school to support and challenge its work and development. Their involvement is invaluable to the success of the school. From time to time vacancies will occur for parent governors and you may wish to consider putting yourself forward.
As well as promoting the highest academic standards, our curriculum focuses on supporting the physical, personal, social and emotional well-being of children. We have a balanced programme of physical education for all children including gymnastics, dance, movement, swimming, athletics and a variety of team games. The school promotes healthy eating and living for its pupils, and provides various after-school activities that support this. We also place great emphasis on social, personal and health education. The Governors have agreed a policy for Sex and Relationships Education (SRE), which is available on request from the school.
Care & Support Child Protection In Old Trafford Community School all adults take the issue of child protection very seriously. Parents should know that the law (Children Act 1989) requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a childâ€™s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent and where possible seek their consent to a referral to Social Care. This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm. School will seek advice from Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. Parents will appreciate that the designated person for child protection was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interest of all children.
In our school the safety and security of our children is paramount. The school encourages parents to ensure the safety of children when meeting or bringing them to school by parking outside the school perimeter and walking to meet their children. The school itself is securely fenced and has security cameras covering a wide range of areas. Access to the school is restricted and there is a security access system in place.
All adults in school are committed to providing support and guidance for the children. We endeavour to listen to childrenâ€™s concerns and to offer support and guidance whenever possible. We work closely with parents to try to ease ANY concerns and overcome difficulties. We believe that a healthy and open partnership with parents is key to a good education. The school sees good attendance as vital to a childâ€™s education and consequently holidays during term time are not generally permitted.
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Old Trafford Community School
Malvern Street, Old Trafford, Manchester, M15 4FL