To make sure that every child is safe, happy and learning.
At Brockmoor we value learning, compassion and every child's right to a childhood. We plan for our children's futures knowing that we have customized our school to meet the needs of our children. We create and deliver a curriculum that is relevant, appropriate and exciting. This is delivered in an environment which is warm, welcoming and highly conducive in stimulating their achievement. Our drive is to provide every child with the experiences and opportunities to feel successful and value learning as the gateway to future success. The school's vision is that every child should be safe, happy and learning and this is clearly shared with our children and their families. This vision will be achieved by us, as adults, ensuring essential core skills are learnt and by modelling the right way to be through our unflinching commitment to develop character in our children. As part of our vision and values training day in January we listened to the views of children (please see their acrostic poem of how they view their school at the front entrance), parents, governors and staff and will focus on developing the following character in our children:
Honesty (to take responsibility for our actions)
Pride (in themselves, their uniform, their work and their school)
Courage (to do the right thing even if it's at a personal cost)
Belief (in their ability to make progress and right to be unique)
Passion (for learning) and compassion (for one another)
Respect (for learning, themselves, staff, parents, carers and for difference)
Resilience (so as to faces challenges and find ways to overcome or accept them).
Each of these characters is focused on through fortnightly learning themes that are posted on the bulletin boards and 'What's On' update on this homepage. Through the development of these personal qualities we develop respect, understanding and tolerance as part of the promotion of British Values. All adults who pass through our doors must also be willing to commit to these principles. This won't be measured in league tables or necessarily valued by OFSTED but it will allow our children to be a generation that cares more than the one it follows. We can create no greater legacy than that.
And why this is so important to us?
The vast majority of pupils at Brockmoor live in the top 10% of social deprivation, which could mean:
1. Girls living in social deprivation have a life expectancy of 7 years less than the National Average. For boys it's 9 years less. That means a child born here may live 8 fewer years than a child born two miles away in Kingswinford!
2. Only 3% of children living in social deprivation currently go on to university.
3. In the UK social mobility is at its lowest point for more than a generation.
And education is the way beyond it! My father walked out on our family when I was 5. Most of my childhood was spent with my grandmother as my mom worked day and evening jobs to make ends meet. No-one in our family had ever been to higher education. And thanks to education my brother is a doctor and I'm your head teacher. That's the difference a good education at school AND at home makes. I challenge us all to break the mold and let our children shine.
Are we a good school?
There are many ways in which to measure the effectiveness of a school. In terms of our children they say they are safe, happy and learning. Our parental satisfaction is very high (please see the 'Parental Satisfaction Survey' results from over 100 families in the 'Parents' pencil tab). In terms of test performance we are doing well in terms of supporting Pupil Premium pupils and ensuring children make progress. Against the national league tables for attainment we don't fare so well (but that's not helped by a curriculum and testing of it that is not appropriate to many of our children's needs). Our own staff value the school - 'The Alternative Good Schools Guide' is an interesting measure of a school's effectiveness and Brockmoor staff, governors and parents rate us highly. There is, of course, OFSTED. We were last inspected in July 2014 and graded as securely good in all areas. Clicking on the link below will display their report.
We have one school rule and that is:
All adults and children CHOOSE; choose to listen, to lead, to look after one another and to learn. Please try to encourage our children to follow this rule at home as well as at school.
If you are struggling with your child's behaviour don't worry you're not alone in terms of having problems or accessing help and support. We can work together to help both behaviour at home and at school. Our Pastoral Care Team are here to help. Simply pop to the front desk before or at the end of school and talk to our learning mentor Mrs Gutteridge.
What we're focusing on at the moment
1. Ensuring that more children can pass the upcoming phonics screening in Year 1 and more of those who did not pass in Y1 pass in Y2. We're currently trialling different lesson times for phonics, releasing Mrs Plant (our CLLD champion) to ensure every child receives high quality teaching and after the February half-term we'll be running after school booster groups.
2. Writing in KS1 through the KS1 writing project and KS1 & 2 Talk to Write scheme. In 2017 Y2 attainment in reading and maths was also below average. Consequently a range of interventions (small group work) are in place to support identified children.
3. The current Year 3 did not do well in the KS1 SATs with attainment below average in reading, writing and maths. Weekly booster sessions now take place and we're supporting vulnerable children by using our Learning Mentor predominantly in this year group. There has also been five children leave (with four joining the year group) and this has helped settle the cohort.
4. Writing progress across KS2 as this was significantly below the national average. The Talk to Write kinetic approach, cold and hot task writing and a new approach to marking have all accelerated this.
5. Attainment at the end of KS2 in reading, writing and maths needs to rise. A range of projects including greater parental involvement, booster sessions, small withdrawal groups and Pupil Achievement Meetings is already reaping rewards in terms of how we will perform this year. We are also planning to introduce a Y6 SATs Easter school for identified children.
6. Some of our disadvantaged children haven't been making enough progress across KS2 in maths. Maths boosters are in place to accelerate this.
7. High quality marking (green highlighting means it's great, pink means think). This is already having an impact on accelerating progress in KS1 and 2 in writing and in maths.
Our vision and values are where they should be, atop our website homepage. However we also aim to:
- Create a secure, happy and caring environment where everyone feels valued and respected. Our mantra is that every child should be safe, happy and learning.
- Provide a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum within and beyond the current statutory requirements.
- Create an atmosphere which promotes high standards of moral and social behaviour and which enables everyone to achieve their best.
- Build character in our children so that they know the difference between right and wrong, they can empathise, understand and respect difference.
- Encourage our pupils to strive for high academic standards and to be ambitious.
- Encourage everyone to become interested and involved in the life of the school and the wider community.
- Recognise everyone's efforts and achievements.
- Encourage everyone to value and celebrate the religious, cultural and social diversity that exists within our community.
- We believe that partnership between parents and school is very important and expect you to be actively involved in your child's education.
Working together with you - if you don't think we are meeting our vision, upholding our values or working towards our aims it is your right and responsibility to come into school and tell us.
We look forward to working with you and developing a strong link between home and school. Working together in partnership we can ensure that your child enjoys their time at Brockmoor and reaches their full potential.
Our School Priorities for 2017-18
School Priority 1 - To raise the achievement of pupils so that every child who is below what is nationally expected of them makes better than expected progress. By doing so we will close the gap between how well our children do at the end of Key Stage 1 and 2 assessments compared to children across England.
School Priority 2 - To improve the quality, quantity and presentation of writing across the school. Specifically Early Years will be introducing 'Kinetic Letters' as an approach to developing writing technique whilst KS1 and 2 are participating in a 'Talk to Write' writing project alongside staff from six other Dudley primaries.
School Priority 3 - To develop a mindful school that puts well-being at the forefront of our drive to raise standards. This will focus on nurturing and maintaining healthy bodies and healthy minds.
Term Dates - please check before booking holidays!
|2018 Spring Term|
|Term Starts:||Wednesday 3rd January (Tuesday is staff training)|
|Half Term:||Monday 19th February - Friday 23rd February|
|Term Ends:||Thursday 29th March|
|2018 Summer Term|
|Term Starts:||Monday 16th April|
|Half Term:||Monday 28th May - Friday 1st June|
|Term Ends:||Friday 20th July|
|Local elections||Provisionally school may be closed on Thursday 3rd May for local elections. As soon as we know we will update you|
|May Day Bank Holiday||Monday 7th May - school is closed|
|2018 Autumn Term|
|Terms Starts:||Tuesday 4th September (staff training on the Monday but anxious children can pop in to see classrooms and meet teachers between 1:00 and 3:00)|
|Autumn half term dates||Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November|
|Term Ends:||Friday 21st December (this includes our Traditional Carol Services at St. John's)|
|2019 Spring Term|
|Term Starts:||Tuesday 8th January 2019 (staff training on Monday 7th)|
|Spring half term dates:||Monday 18th February 2019 to Friday 22nd February 2019|
|Term Ends:||Friday 12 April 2019|
|2019 Summer Term|
|Term Starts:||Monday 29th April 2019|
|Whitsun summer half-term dates:||Monday 27th May 2019 to Friday 31st May 2019|
|Term Ends:||Friday 19th July 2019 (Monday 22nd July 2019 will be used for staff training)|
Holidays in term time
School is still legally obliged to challenge all holidays in school time and will do so. Last year we had a horrible experience where a child returned from a holiday to find their place in school had been taken. That child fortunately returned to our fold but only after having to travel to another school for three months. Can I also remind parents that 8:45 (except for Nursery at 8:30 and 12:30) is the time that children need to be going into classes not arriving at the school gates. Late arrival unsettles the child and disrupts the start of the day.
Thinking of joining our school family?
If you're thinking of joining our rapidly growing school family please click on 'Parents' pencil then go to 'Policies' and you'll find information on admissions. If you need help at home there's guidance in the 'Parents' pencil as well. We currently have places in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 but only have space in Reception, Years 1 and 2 as and when a child moves school.
Paper copies of information
If you would like a paper copy of the information on our school website we can provide this free of charge. If you want to find out more about life at Brockmoor click on the 'Parents' pencil. The school prospectus in this section should tell you lots about life in school (including school times). If you're thinking of joining our rapidly growing school family please click on 'Parents' pencil then go to 'Policies' and you'll find information on admissions. If you need help at home there's guidance in the 'Parents' pencil as well.