Roseacre Primary Academy in Blackpool has achieved the Inclusive School Award.
A Happy and Welcoming School
‘Roseacre Primary is a happy and welcoming school where pupils develop as confident and polite children. This is because staff teach pupils to live the school’s values, including respect, courage and determination’ Ofsted 2018.
Thank you for welcoming me to your wonderful school recently for your IQM assessment. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and was delighted to meet the various members of staff, governors and pupils who work together to provide a highly nurturing, supportive and inclusive environment where children can flourish.
Strong Mental Health and Well-Being Provision
Your provision for all pupils for mental health and well-being is very strong with significant levels of support provided through staff members with expertise, your nurture base and your selected whole school approaches for self-regulation and Restorative Practice. You have considered the inclusion of all pupils in planning your school day, timetables, educational provisions, unstructured times, teaching and learning and general access to all areas on the school site.
Communication is a Significant Strength
The communication between members of staff and across teams, leaders and key stages is also a significant strength and it was clear from speaking with a range of stakeholders that the vision and values of Roseacre are very much a shared endeavour. This communication facilitates inclusion by ensuring all children access the same approaches and strategies wherever they may be within the school day. It also ensures that year-on-year pupils are becoming secure and able to articulate how they are supported in achieving their best possible outcomes.
A Wide Range of Needs
The SENDCo at Roseacre gives every thought to the wide range of needs amongst the pupils and how the provision is designed to meet those needs. She has carefully considered the identification of pupils with SEND and introduced additional layers of support to provide for pupils with learning and cognition difficulties prior to placing their names on the SEND register. This allows adequate time and resource to be provided in order to overcome underachievement and genuinely identify those pupils with long-term difficulties characterised by SEND.
Impressive Innovative Practice
I was very impressed by the innovative practice of your school and the enthusiasm of staff to try new and interesting ways to engage pupils. The willingness of staff to take risks, and venture into the new and unknown in teaching and learning practices gives the school a forward-moving feel and develops the whole school learning culture. In particular, the nurture provision is an excellent resource with a flexible approach to need, the eagerly awaited VIP room enabling creative projects for targeted pupils and the key stage two ‘hub’. These projects amongst other ideas and approaches, really characterise the forward-thinking and child-centred planning that Roseacre Primary Academy embrace.
Strong Pupil Voice
Finally, I would like to point out that the strength of pupil voice at Roseacre and how the children’s views are considered is very encouraging. It is clear from speaking with various pupil representatives that Roseacre is their school and they feel true ownership of their environment. They have consistently given input to the various recent changes and developments and fully understood the purpose of provisions. It was a pleasure to meet your pupils and speak with them about Roseacre Primary Academy. They really value all that you are doing for them and how members of staff communicate with them. Well done to all staff for this achievement.
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