The Academy of Cuxton Schools in Rochester, Kent achieves the Inclusion Quality Mark’s Inclusive School Award with Centre of Excellence status.
The Academy of Cuxton Schools is actually two schools under the leadership of one Headteacher and Governing Body. It was formed from an amalgamation of an Infants School and Primary school and is part of the Primary First Trust, which consists of 6 other schools. The Trust supports the schools by arranging network meetings for identified leaders. The Inclusion Leads meet termly to provide support to each other, share ideas and discuss provisions/resources within a confidential forum. Around 30% of children come from the small village of Cuxton so therefore, 70% come from far and wide and come to school by car or bus. The school is not particularly socially deprived and the number of pupils with SEND needs is not high. However, there are a significant number of pupils with complex needs.
Children Come First
The school is built on strong relationships at all levels. Children come first and are cared for. Staff go to great lengths to keep them safe, to engage them in their learning and to allow them to have fun. Every child is welcome no matter what their ability or disability. There is a lot of love in the school. They have much to be proud of.
The Team Are Excellent
The Headteacher and Leadership Team are well regarded and lead by example. Recently there was a lot of staff absent, due to Covid or related issues and there was a lot of cover and re-organisation needed. Indeed, there were many classes to be covered and children, with a range of needs to be supported. The Senior Team were everywhere and were very hands-on in terms of doing what needed to be done. They described the way they had gotten through the last two years and indeed the Autumn Term which, in all schools, was even more difficult than anybody anticipated. Despite the many challenges they have not stood still but have been pushing forward, strategically, with their development plan.
Inclusion is Demonstrated by All
Their commitment to inclusion is demonstrated by all that happens in the school and they are very determined to get things right for children and families. They are very good at juggling their roles and responsibilities and work really well together as a team. Collaboration is second nature to them. They are solution-focused and are extremely creative in their approach. Their humour and optimism stand out and is reflected amongst the staff members who show similar positive attitudes.
Safeguarding is Priority
The Academy of Cuxton Schools has obviously benefited from belonging to the Primary First Trust and feel they have been well supported. Safeguarding is a priority for the Leadership Team and the policy and practices are carefully thought through and actioned. Staff at all levels really care about the children in their care.
Staff Are Experts
Collaboration is the way the school operates in all aspects of its work. Teachers and support staff plan and work together, and this way of working means they find solutions to problems and barriers more easily. The Headteacher and her team are experts in their roles but are always striving to do even better in the future. The Headteacher has successfully shared her vision, values and priorities and her staff are all on board. The values promoted by the school are aligned with those promoted by the Primary First Trust. Teachers take full responsibility for all the children in their class and align their teaching to include every child.
Everyone is Valued
The school knows itself very well and there are systems in place to identify children who are not making the expected progress and ones who are not thriving. The school ethos is about educating and caring for the whole child. Every child is valued and welcomed and is regarded as unique. The school makes sure they do all in their power to meet pupils, individual needs. The School Development Plan is ambitious on behalf of the pupils. Expectations are high. All of the members of staff feel valued and know that their contribution makes a difference. They all understand and are committed to inclusion in all its guises. They live and breathe it every day.
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