Learning together to create a better future
Welcome to our school. Glemsford Primary Academy is a fantastic school. I am proud to be the headteacher of such a special place. We are at the heart of the village and the local community. I write this welcome after the first full week of the new academic year in a year like no other. Throughout these difficult times, the community have pulled together in a way that exceeded my expectations to ensure that we would continue to give our children the high-quality education they deserve. The last year showed me that a school is far more than the building and all about the people.
We have amazing, polite and inquisitive children. I have never worked at a school with such confident and friendly pupils. We have positive staff who inspire and enthuse the children, and parents and governors who support us.
I am proud to have been a part of Glemsford`s journey over the past few years. We are now recognised as a good school and our results over the past four years have been among some of the best in the county.
All of this means that children leave our school as confident, happy and smart young people ready and well equipped to face the challenges in the next step of their lives.
Serving our community
Glemsford Primary Academy is part of the Unity Schools Partnership Multi-Academy Trust. Being part of a bigger family offers us so many things: shared expertise, support and training, combined events and access to all kinds of opportunities for our children to link up with others.
Our school is housed in a uniquely characterful, Victorian building of Grade 2 listing. When the original clock up in the clock tower reaches ten to nine each morning, a Year 6 pupil takes their turn to pull the long cord and sound the old bell, for the beginning of school. Traditions like these are important to us.
We are fortunate to have two large fields and a range of facilities for gardening, outdoor adventures, climbing and playing together. Physical activity is valued as much as academic thought at Glemsford and we like to provide as many opportunities as we can for them to be outside.
We are situated at the centre of Glemsford, and we are proud to be a hub of the village, with strong links to many voluntary organisations and societies.
We have three core values at Glemsford:
Trust – we believe in earning the trust of parents and pupils, through mutual respect and open communication at all times so that we can work together in partnership.
Ambition – we work hard to raise aspirations across the whole community and to help children to recognise their great potential.
Collective Responsibility – we believe in working, playing and learning together to make a better future for everyone.
As an academy within the Unity Schools Partnership , we are proud to be part of a greater family that believes academic success is inextricably linked to confidence and responsibility. We celebrate the Trust’s aims to develop:
Confidence and responsibility are recurring themes for us at Glemsford and we work hard to incorporate these qualities in everything we do, so that our children can find success in education and in their lives ahead.
Curriculum Vision – What do we want our curriculum to achieve?
At Glemsford, we want our pupils to experience the widest possible range of learning opportunities through a knowledge-based curriculum. We want them to develop the skills of scientists, historians, geographers, artists and musicians. We want them to be curious and passionate about learning new skills and knowledge. We want them to be independent thinkers who can create, describe, reason, debate, inform, and explain their ideas. We want them to be resilient with a ‘have a go’ attitude and a determination to succeed. We want a curriculum that prepares children for life.
We want children to engage with, and take notice of, the environments in which they work. We will endeavour to give all our children outdoor learning experiences. This may be as simple as building a shelter in our school playing field or going on a trip to London. We want to work with parents and other adults within our local community to help bring the curriculum to life and offer a variety of experiences
Children need to know that learning has a purpose. We feel our curriculum allows children to develop a love of learning and its intrinsic rewards (pride, accomplishment, enjoyment and meaning).
English, maths, computing, RE, music, PSHE and PE will continue to be taught every week. For other subjects the academic year will be split into studies of learning. Approximately three hours a week will be dedicated to one area of the broader curriculum. For example, in the spring term all children in years 1 – 6 will be artists, learning different styles of painting and studying different artists. We believe this will lead to high quality teaching and learning and give teachers, parents and children a chance to really embrace this area of the curriculum. This will be able to give subject leaders time to lead and monitor their subject properly.
We make no apologies for making sure that English and maths remain at the heart of our curriculum and make up the majority of the morning learning. They also continue to be a key part of the broader curriculum.
We believe we have a duty to present to our children as many opportunities as possible to try new things and to find out where their interests and strengths lie. We have fourteen after-school clubs and many lunchtime clubs too, ranging from Thinking Club, to Gardening Club, School Magazine Club, Lego Club, Cookery Club and Football Club, plus many more. There are very few things you cannot try at Glemsford. We are introducing new clubs every term.
We are keen to raise our children’s aspirations, so we welcome visiting speakers from diverse fields and professions to come in and speak to our children. And we encourage every year group to experience at least one off-school trip per term, every term.
At Glemsford we pride ourselves on the excellent behaviour and attitudes of our children. Our golden rule of treating others as we wish to be treated ourselves is underpinned by the Glemsford Scales. This is a programme which balances rights with responsibilities – encouraging all of our children to recognise that being a good citizen means balancing one’s own wants and needs with the wants and needs of others.
Our Glemsford Scales are:
Be yourself Tolerate differences in others
Express yourself freely Respect other’s beliefs and feelings
Be treated with kindness Be kind to others
Learn as much as you can Allow others to learn
Say when you need help Help and support others in need
Be positive and confident Provide encouragement to others