Wainscott Primary School, Wainscott in Rochester, achieves the Inclusive School Award with Centre of Excellence status.
The Leaders of Wainscott Primary and Nursery School are committed to continually drive the school forward to improve the outcomes for the pupils. This was evident from the discussion with the Head, Deputy Head and Lead Teacher for Inclusion. They discussed the school’s learning journey, which clearly shows the determination and the high expectations they have of themselves. Their journey is an inspiration for others to continually improve their own professional skills to produce better outcomes for the pupils.
Collaboration – In School and Out
Clear structures and processes have been put in place since the Head was appointed. This means that all staff have clear direction and understand the expectations. There is a collaborative feel with everyone contributing to the vision and strategic direction of the school. The school needed to rebuild their image and instil trust in the community. The introduction of the project, Rainbow Hour, gives the staff the opportunity to be creative in delivering the support for the pupil’s well-being during COVID.
The leaders are clear about the vision and next steps for the school. They have excellent reflective skills in their leadership wanting the best outcome for all pupils whatever their individual need.
Empathy and Understanding
The philosophy of “Building Futures,” and their vision of,
“Creating lives without limits”
are held by all staff. Even during COVID-19 lockdown, ongoing and proactive communication with all families ensured that pupils understood how much the staff valued and missed teaching them in person. The success of Rainbow Hour brings diversity and inclusion to the forefront. It supports the development of all pupils. Skills of empathy and understanding are taught and developed.
Acceptance that diversity creates positivity, and is to be celebrated, in an environment where everyone can support and nurture each other is shared by all. My virtual visit was carefully and sensitively planned, with a warm welcome. From the outset, the IQM Lead had organised the day to take into consideration all needs for the meetings. I met with a wide range of staff and students. The school visit was online, and this went smoothly. I spent 2 days ‘virtually’ with the school and it was a full timetable.
Meeting the Challenges of COVID Head On
I shared with the Head, the Inclusion Lead and the Wellbeing Lead that it was impressive that during COVID climate they were continuing to lead the school in such a positive way and had put in place measures to ensure that there was accessible support and that the learning of the students remained a high priority. The collegiate approaches used by Senior Management in planning and review, demonstrate value and respect for their colleagues. The Headteacher is obviously an experienced leader and has exceptional communication and personal skills needed to stay within an inclusive framework. I was also told that she benefits from strong support of the Trust.
Cohesion of Values
It was a privilege to meet with staff and pupils so fully engaged with inclusion and with such positivity. Inclusion is articulated and evident as central to school ethos. The school have gone to extraordinary lengths to provide excellent support throughout the last year to each and every pupil. They have done an amazing job. The school is fully committed to including all pupils and staff. Thank you for a most informative and well organised visit.
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