Joy Lane Foundation Primary School and Oyster Bay Nursery with Oysters SRP (ASD)
A Love of Learning, for Life, for All
Love of Learning: To immerse children and staff in an engaging and creative curriculum that will inspire confident and curious learners.
For Life: To promote a whole school ethos where British Values are upheld and mental and physical health is supported, ensuring that children and adults alike are prepared in their lifelong learning journeys.
For All: To provide a bespoke and ambitious curriculum that focuses on giving each child the best start in life to enable them to fulfil their personal and academic potential.
Our Values and Ethos
Be Ready, Be Respectful, Be Responsible
Coastal Alliance Co-operative Trust Values underpin our ethos: Self-Help, Self-Responsibility, Democracy, Equality, Equity and Solidarity
We expect our children to be jointly responsible for their own learning by:
- Trying their best with all learning and activities in school and challenging themselves, learning that being resilient is an important life skill
- Following the school’s Behaviour Policy and displaying excellent behaviours for learning
- Taking responsibility for their learning at home
- Being caring, friendly and respectful to all people, places and belongings
- Being an excellent role model when wearing the Joy Lane Primary School uniform
- Valuing their own and others’ talents
- Actively taking part in the many and varied opportunities on offer at JLPS
- Helping to make important decisions about the school
- Being organised and prepared for the school day with all necessary equipment and kits
- Communicating openly, honestly and frequently with children and their families about their learning and wellbeing
- Having high expectations, being positive role models and ensuring that every child achieves their full potential as a valued member of the school community
- Keeping children happy, safe and secure during their time in school each day
- Sharing information, concerns or issues that may affect a child’s learning and behaviour
- Providing stimulating opportunities, information and homework tasks for parents and families to support children’s learning outside of school
- Following the school’s policies and publicising them on the school website
- Providing opportunities throughout the year to share children’s learning through Parents’ Consultations, reports, ‘Sharing Learning’ afternoons and other events
- Keeping families informed about school activities by communicating effectively through email, the school website, newsletters, Facebook and Class Dojo
- Supporting each other professionally and actively seeking continuous improvement for the benefit of the pupils and whole school community
We expect our Parents and Carers to support and encourage their children’s learning by:
- Respecting and adhering to the school’s safeguarding policy
- Making sure that your child’s attendance is good (School Target 97%) and that your child arrives at school by 8.40am each day with the correct equipment to access their learning
- Having the confidence to trust and support the school’s decisions and to work together effectively to overcome any concerns or challenges by having a professional dialogue
- Ensuring that your child is wearing the correct summer/winter school uniform and has the correct indoor/outdoor PE kit and appropriate footwear as per the School Prospectus
- Being active partners in their child’s learning at school and at home
- Making sure that home learning tasks are completed and returned on time
- Promoting and supporting your child in following the school Behaviour Policy
- Supporting the school’s approach to online safety and to not deliberately upload or add any images, video, sounds or text that could upset, threaten the safety of, or offend, any member of the school community
- Attending events, Parents’ Consultations and sharing your child’s learning with the school
- Reading letters and accessing information that the school provides via emails, letters, newsletters, Dojo and Facebook
- Returning all reply slips and permission forms on time
- Making financial commitments to swimming lessons and school trips for the benefit of the children
Our Vision & Priority Areas for Development
Leadership and Management
- Improve effectiveness of communicating with our parents and carers by further establishing the ‘Parent Council’, introducing the Home-School Agreement and strengthening parental involvement in the PVI Nursery
- Continue to maximise the Joy Lane Swim School as a community facility through marketing and improving facilities through fundraising
- To embed our communication strategy and public relations presence locally and more widely (to maximise roll in YR)
- To participate in Cycle 2 of the National Programme of Schools Partnership (peer review with three other CACoT schools)
- To continue working as part of an SRP steering group to ensure consistent practice across Kent under KCC guidance
- To ensure effective subject leadership that continually evaluates and monitors the intent, implementation and impact of our broad, balanced and inspiring curriculum
- To work collaboratively with the School Governors to ensure effective challenge and support of the Leadership Team
Quality of Education including Early Years Provision
Establish a meaningful, progressive and inspiring curriculum that develops the knowledge and skills of all groups of learners, including vulnerable groups, from Early Years to Year 6.
Continue to ensure that children receive high quality learning experiences as a result of triangulation of teaching, books/learning environment and assessment (in line with the Ofsted criteria and the Teachers’ Standards)
Develop the learning environment in line with the new curiosity approach ethos in the Early Years setting
Whole School Target - To establish a meaningful, progressive and inspiring curriculum that develops the knowledge and skills of all groups of learners, including vulnerable groups, from Early Years to Year 6.
Nursery - To ensure adult-led activities, Voices for Choices planning and the Nursery learning environment offers opportunities for play that support pre-school children in developing their early mathematics skills.
Year R - To support boys’ early writing skills through its application in Voices for Choices time.
Year 1 - To maintain a phonics screening pass rate in line with the national average through its application in the wider curriculum (through Voices for Choices sessions).
Year 2 - To maintain standards in Writing already in line with/exceeding national averages through its independent application in the wider curriculum (through Voices for Choices sessions).
Year 3 - To maintain good and accelerated rates of progress for Pupil Premium writers so that attainment is improved and the difference is reduced between Pupil Premium and Non-Pupil Premium outcomes.
Year 4 - To accelerate progress for key groups of Expected children in order to improve Greater Depth outcomes in Writing.
Year 5 - To minimise the gap in Writing attainment between Pupil Premium children and Non-Pupil Premium children by the end of the academic year.
Year 6 - To minimise the gap in Writing attainment between Pupil Premium children and Non-Pupil Premium children by the end of the academic year.
- Oysters SRP – To increase the number of EHCP targets met, from 75% to 80%.
Behaviour and Attitudes
- Ensure that our School’s attendance is in line with national expectation and reduce the amount of persistent absentees, with a focus on Pupil Premium and SEND pupils
- Review the school’s Behaviour Policy in order to become a more attachment-aware and trauma-informed setting
- Fully embed our new school ethos (Be Ready, Be Respectful, Be Responsible) across the whole school
- To provide a nurturing environment through continuing wellbeing interventions and the development of safe spaces across the school
- Continue to support the growing number of identified mental health issues in children by affording access to Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA) and using ‘Safe Spaces’ around the school environment to offer help previously provided by the NHS/KCC
- To broaden the children’s understanding of the benefits of healthy eating and daily exercise (through the Daily Mile/Dance and PE lessons)
- Create an eco-friendly culture, increasing the children’s awareness of the impact on Planet Earth
- Encourage choice and risk taking across the curriculum, particularly through Voices for Choices and Outdoor Learning (develop resilience and a growth mindset)
- Work towards the SMSC Quality Mark and continue progression as a Flagship School for Inclusion
- Continue to embed Speech and Language strategies, such as Active Listening and Language Through Colour, as used in the Nest across the school
- Ensure the children understand how to keep themselves and others safe in school, online and in the wider world