Pitmaston Primary School in Worcestershire has achieved the Inclusion Quality Mark’s Inclusive School Award for the fourth time.
Inclusion At Heart
Pitmaston Primary School is a 3-form entry school with a governor-led Pre-School on site. The school’s catchment area within Worcester is becoming increasingly socially diverse. In view of the strong reputation which Pitmaston has for supporting children with SEND, some parents of pupils with additional needs choose to send their children to Pitmaston Primary School. The force for inclusion is the heartbeat of this school. There is a huge investment in ensuring that children are ‘fit to learn’ and are all able to access teaching and learning at the highest possible level.
The School Exudes Pride
There is a deep understanding and shared values, approaches and strategies. This is also reflected and embedded within the vibrant and attractive environment, which exudes pride and a love of learning. Displays are celebratory, informative, serve as resources for learning and are fluid in being frequently updated, as appropriate.
The ‘Pitmaston Powers.’
The school’s values are manifested by children in their development and application of ‘Pitmaston Powers.’ Children are rewarded for progress and attainment, by demonstrating them in a wide variety of ways, both in the classroom and across the school. Care, respect and support for each other, children and adults, and the environment permeates the school.
Leaders Are Efficient
Leadership has researched and developed a broad and deep ‘toolbox’ of teaching and learning strategies to meet the wide range of needs which exist within the school. These are carefully structured and implemented to enable children to access learning and to promote the highest possible standards. Impact is regularly measured and reviewed to refine practice. ICT is carefully planned, organised and technically very well managed by school staff, via an SLA with a Network Service Provider, to be efficient and effective in both supporting and leading learning.
Collaboration is Strong
External agencies are engaged to supplement support and provide the required professional expertise when necessary. There is mutual respect between external professionals and school staff. Collaboration is strong and effective, involving swift implementation of comprehensive protocols ensuring children and families receive the best possible support, emotionally and academically.
Everyone Is Supported
Conversations with children and parents confirmed that they feel very well supported and have every confidence in Pitmaston Primary School as a school to provide the best possible educational experience for them and their children. They all had their individual stories to tell, and they reflected the sensitive, yet robust and rigorous approach that staff take to ensuring that all are included. The school is significantly oversubscribed.
Mental Health Is Important
The commitment of the Leadership Team to inclusive practice is reflected in its close collaboration with governance and its willingness to be robustly challenged by educational practitioners and experts. Pitmaston has strong structures in place which have enabled it to cope well with the challenges presented by the pandemic of the last 2 years. Consequently, staff have been able to respond flexibly and without delay, in addressing the mental health of children and ‘lost learning.’
Becoming A Trauma-Informed School
Having spent considerable time on successfully developing a rigorous protocol and appropriate pathways to support children with dyslexic tendencies, Senior Leaders are now implementing plans to become a ‘Trauma Informed’ school. This reflects a determination to continue to move forwards and evolve to meet ongoing challenges.
Children’s Wellbeing is Key
The energetic and enthusiastic Headteacher is surrounded by leaders and staff who are forward-thinking and passionate about the wellbeing of the children in their care. Excellent practice is rooted in knowledge, whilst highly efficient and effective organisation reflects an ethos of :
‘if we’re going to do something, let’s strive to do it properly.’
All stakeholders referenced strong teamwork as the engine driving ongoing improvement. Expectations are clear and mutual support amongst staff is very strong. Pitmaston is a happy but not complacent school. This was reflected in parents stating that staff are always ‘super supportive’ in wanting to do more and act swiftly to assess children and give them the support they require.
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