Glenlyon Primary School
Standards and Quality Report
August 2016- June 2017
Our vision is of a confident and ambitious school to which all can contribute and in which all can share. Our school will be vibrant and successful; a safe, happy, healthy and sustainable environment; and a place where people are nurtured and supported.
Our school aims to:
Support all children to enjoy their learning and be happy in school, becoming successful, independent learners who realise their full potential.
Help all children to develop as responsible, healthy and caring citizens, who engage positively with the local community and the wider world.
Develop a relevant and stimulating curriculum that meets the needs of all learners, within a safe and nurturing environment
Leadership of Learning was a Quality Indicator that our staff team chose to focus on in our recent inspection. HMI Inspectors were clear about the positive nature of Pupil Voice and Leadership in our school: “Children are enthusiastic in taking on a range of leadership roles around the class and school. This includes roles such as school reporter and members of the pupil council and eco-committee. When showing visitors around the school, children are confident to talk about school life and their role in school improvement. It is clear that, overtime, children have been involved in developments to learning and show an understanding of what their school is trying to achieve.”
All staff are committed to school improvement, and our collegiate working and commitment to professional learning are major strengths in leadership of learning. All staff participate in professional learning in school, with local small schools and beyond, and are confident to suggest new approaches to further improve our school.
The Headteacher continues to work closely with colleagues across the Local Management Group and the Single Teacher Network, and has recently joined a ‘Headteacher Improvement Partnership’, to explore joint working with schools of varying sizes, out with our immediate cluster.
All parents have continued to show their support for the school by attending drop in sessions, curriculum workshops and fundraising events. Our end-of-term performances are always popular within our community, and our French themed Christmas Show this year was a sell out!
Glenlyon has a very strong and supportive Parent Council that is consulted regularly about developments within the school. This session they have been instrumental in setting up and running after school and lunchtime clubs, to ensure that all children can access a wide range of activities to help them develop their skills across the curriculum.
Continue to refine developments to the curriculum enabling all children to make greater links across their learning.
Continue to develop approaches for moderation and tracking of progress and attainment across the curriculum.
Staff, parents, pupils and Perth and Kinross Children’s Services have all been involved in consultation in the production of this report.
This year, the focus for learning in our cluster Teacher Learning Community has been numeracy, and this network has enabled teachers to come together to discuss and reflect on a range of areas in numeracy, sharing good practice. Learning experiences in our small school continue to be wide and varied, with highlights including;
Our continued focus on learning and teaching in numeracy, improving pupil experiences and attainment. The use of Mathletics, for example, continues to engage and enthuse all pupils, providing a motivating platform for consolidating numeracy skills, and providing staff with valuable data on areas for development.
Our interdisciplinary learning about ‘La Francophonie’ inspired all of our pupils, resulting in a range of knowledge and skills being developed, not only in French language, but also in RME (creation stories) and Expressive Arts (Significant French and world artists). The culminating Open Evening, at a French Bistro under the lights of the twinkling Tour Eiffel was truly ‘magnifique’!
The school provides a rich environment for reading and a focus on reading for enjoyment was developed through our active participation in the ‘First Minister’s Reading Challenge’, which proved to be a very motivating context for pupils. A high standard of reading is evident across the school. This is evident in effective wall displays which showcase children’s reading, and in the World book Day Dioramas created by all pupils.
A wide range of strengths in our Nursery were identified through our recent HMI inspection, including that “There is a strong focus on learning being child-centred and based on strong mutual respect. The nursery and school's aim for all to learn, achieve and grow together is meaningful and being realised.” Nursery children all continue to make very good progress in Early Level, enjoying a wide range of pupil led experiences, and it is evident that they are taking ownership of their learning, through weekly conversations about targets. Our regular contexts for learning such as Forest School and weekly baking activities continue to provide very good opportunities for nursery children to develop their skills in numeracy and literacy. Visits to other local nurseries, rhyme times and local attractions also add to the broad range of experiences our nursery enjoy. Stay and Play sessions continue to provide valuable learning experiences for the youngest members of our community and their parents.
Attainment and Achievement
Children's attainment in English language and literacy and in mathematics is very good, with almost all children making very good progress from their previous levels of attainment. In our small setting, individual monitoring and tracking of progress ensures that additional support needs are quickly identified and supported. All staff work hard to differentiate tasks carefully, ensuring that all pupils are progressing appropriately and experiencing success in their learning. Learners voice is very strong in our school, and children show great pride in taking on a range of leadership roles around the school which influence change and improvement. They have been involved in identifying and driving change to their learning environment both indoors and outdoors.
As highlighted in our recent HMI inspection, “The school capitalises on the dynamics of being a small school and compensates, where necessary, to ensure children have access to see, and participate in, the world beyond Glenlyon. This is an important part in the success of the school”. This strength is developed through a strong programme of joint working with other local schools and the Single Teacher Network, and through well planned educational visits that add value to our learning in school. Recent examples include our science learning with Kinloch Rannoch Primary, learning with the Gaelic Medium class in Breadalbane, and our visits to Perth Museum and Meggernie Castle as we learned about the Victorians in Scotland.
Children are confident, proud of their achievements and contribute to the life of our school extremely well. Children’s achievements are celebrated in a range of ways, including being displayed on our Learning Tree achievement board in the school entrance. A huge highlight this year was our collaborative success, as the Glenlyon Team, winning first prize in the Aberfeldy Mod for our play!
Our school logo, ‘Growing, Learning, Achieving Together’ is central to the ethos of the school, and we are continually building on what this means for us as a school community. Our learning is firmly rooted in our local context and unique Glenlyon setting, but also outward looking, ensuring that our children have a strong sense of themselves as global citizens, who contribute to their world. Recent examples of this are our micro finance project KIVA, supporting small businesses across the world, and our annual fundraising for worthy causes, including MacMillan Cancer Care, The Poppy Appeal and Red Nose Day. Our Fundraising total for the year is £489.55, a huge achievement for our small school.
Attendance figures for this year are 93.81%