Sacred Heart RC Primary in Bolton has achieved the national award for Inclusion again.
Core Professional Purpose
The core professional purpose of Scared Heart Roman Catholic Primary School which is cited on the school website, really sets out the school’s commitment to inclusion and determination to achieving the best outcomes for all pupils;
“Every child, parent, governor and member of this school community is unique in self, unique in qualities to offer…..”
Ofsted Inspection Report
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary School is a two-form entry school located in a semi-rural area. The latest Ofsted inspection in 2012 found the school to be Outstanding in all areas and having spent two days visiting the school, it is entirely evident how well-deserved this recognition has been. The inspection report highlighted that “Pupils thrive in an inclusive environment” and that “The school is successful in closing any gaps in achievement by different groups of pupils”. Whilst it has been five years since the last Ofsted inspection, it is apparent that the school has continued to develop the high quality of education that is offered to all pupils and maintain a very inclusive ethos characterised by high expectations for all. Senior leaders are committed to innovative practice and to ensuring that teaching and learning is at the highest possible standard.
Sharing Best Practice
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary School is led by Headteacher Mr Martin Johnson, whose practice is shared across other schools through his role as a National Leader of Education. The school is also a National Support School and is developing into a teaching school in 2018. The ambition for each child to become a ‘world changer’ really sets out a positive path for children to follow in order to guide them to become the best possible version of themselves. The spiritual journey of individual pupils is a priority that underpins all others and ensures that pupils receive excellent pastoral care.
Parents/carers can be secure in the knowledge that their children receive an exceptional standard of education and a holistic approach to meeting their needs. It is clear that every child is valued and encouraged to make a positive contribution.
Superior Learning Environment
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary School provides a warm, welcoming and superior learning environment where pupils develop into successful learners. Pupils access an impressive range of experiences such as farming, gardening, radio broadcasting, film and technology which foster exceptionally strong foundations in confidence, self-esteem, communication skills, leadership skills and moral purpose.
Additional Provision for Pupils
The experienced SENCo Mr Mike Stubbs manages the delivery of additional provision for pupils who require further input or adjustments for a variety of reasons. His knowledge and understanding of inclusion and how it is achieved was extensive. It was clear that he knew the pupils and their individual journeys. This high level of investment in individuals was evident throughout the school.
It was clear from speaking to the pupils that Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary School is their school and they have ownership over their environment. Their contributions are valued at all levels and they spoke of how their views had been considered and acted on by senior leaders. The impact of this ethos is that the pupils are thriving in a setting which fosters collaboration, leadership skills and celebrates diversity.
Governors support the excellent work of the school and share a commitment to ensuring best practice, which is shared widely. The school is aware of, and utilises, the individual skills and interests of Governors and also staff to ensure the most is gained for the pupils.
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