Heathmere Primary School in Wandsworth has achieved IQM Flagship status.
Inspiration, Ambition and Academic Success
The school’s Vision and Mission is one which seeks to create pupils with inspiration, ambition and academic success, where pupils are passionate to learn through a challenging curriculum and pupils being aware that learning has the potential to come in many forms. The school expects its pupils to be respectful of and celebrate each other’s differences, heritage and culture. The school wishes the pupils to become self-motivated, confident and able to apply their skills in a variety of contexts. The school seeks to ensure that all pupils are polite, well rounded, inquisitive individuals who are respectful of others and who develop thinking skills enabling future success outside of school and in years to come.
“Our vision is a school where all members of the school community work together so that children learn and achieve their full potential in a calm, safe and caring environment.“
The ethos of the school strives to ensure that no child is left behind in their education and to support every child to succeed.
Home School Links
One of the keys to success is the link between home and school. The school works hard to encourage parents and the wider community to take an active part in the education of their child, where the school and parents work as partners in the education of their children, and greatly value their contribution to school life. Parents spoke about the commitment of the school to ensure that their children attain their full potential. This is an area that many parents spoke extremely positively about. The school serves a culturally and socially diverse area and is situated in a residential area close to the Alton estate.
Heathmere is larger than the average-sized primary school, which operates a two-form entry system. Apart from a few who attend Nursery part time, all other children in the Early Years attend full time. Around a quarter of pupils come from a White British background and the remainder come from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. About half of pupils, more than average, speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the Pupil Premium is around two thirds, which is well above the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is above average. Heathmere Primary School also has a high rate of pupil mobility. The school runs a breakfast club and an after-school club. The after-school club coordinator spoke of the valuable support they received from the school and in how the school supports the after-school club to ensure that after school care remains affordable.
Continued Good Practice
The tour of the school confirmed the continued good practice that exists within Heathmere Primary School. Displays both in classrooms and in the corridors were of a very high standard and showcased the pupils’ work in a variety of different subject areas. All work was of equal value. Other displays highlighted the inclusive ethos of the school such as the School Council, House Point system, tea with the Head, achievements etc.
Committed to Inclusive Practice
Heathmere Primary School continues to be a school committed to meet the needs of its children and is very good in its commitment to, and implementation of, inclusive practice.
Children are Valued and Cared For
It is evident that within the school children are valued and cared for. They are at the heart of the decision-making process. The children are well behaved and have a detailed knowledge and understanding of the school and its routines. They are engaged in their work, love school, find it challenging and supportive and there is clear evidence that the focus is on learning. The children said: “there is lots to learn about; we feel listened to; if we feel mad, we have the traffic light system to help us; the staff really care for us”.
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