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Parent View - Give Ofsted your view on your child's school


We are very proud of our school and our children. Our pride is matched only by our ambitions for the children and the school. We strive for excellence; that’s why we never take for granted what a great school we have. We’re sure you will feel the same. We are a small and caring school with traditional values and we are passionate about learning.

I hope you find the information on this website is a useful guide to both what we believe and what we provide. If there is  anything further you wish to know please do not hesitate to ask. If you are thinking about school places for your child(ren), visits are welcomed.  

Tim Phillips, Headteacher  


Sponsored Walk 2016Sponsored Walk 2016

 Sink or Swim: Lake District, 2016Sink or Swim: Lake District, 2016  Hanging out in the Lake District, 2016Hanging out in the Lake District, 2016  Harvest Festival 2016Harvest Festival 2016
 Queen's 90th Birthday CelebrationsQueen's 90th Birthday Celebrations  Baby chicks in BlossomBaby chicks in Blossom  Egyptians Day in WillowEgyptians Day in Willow
 making glove puppets in Willowmaking glove puppets in Willow Sutton Funday 2016Sutton Funday 2016  
Baking Club: finger-licking good!Baking Club: finger-licking good!


What are we working on this year....?

This year, we are working on developing maths and are looking to raise our attendance figures




The photos illustrate the new approach we are taking to develop children's deeper understanding of new concepts in maths;.

'hands-on', lots of discussion and a focus on problem solving. We never forget 'basic skills' good are yours?




Our attendance dropped quite a bit last year and we have worked hard to improve this again. Well done to all our children and parents for helping us achieve this. 

For the children in our school in 2015-16 Attendance was:

  • Whole School: 96.5% (this is just above national average)

Children are expected to attend school for a minimum of 90% of the time, through the year. This amounts to less than 3 days absence each half-term.

  • 98% of children achieved this - a great achievement

The number of 'unauthorised absences' also halved last year - thank you to parents for your support on this. 

  • and 7 children had no time off at all!!

How is it going in 2016-17?

At the end of our first half-term, overall school attendance is: 97.5%, which is good (national average is around 96.4%) .



Number of children with attendance less than 95% 


 99.1    %












Want to know more?

If you would like further information about our Attendance Policy...please look under our 'Policies' tab.

Please note that taking your child out of school during term time for family holidays is not permitted. 


We are working hard to raise our year 6 maths results this year. We are thinking about about how children learn best. We are looking at the way we teach maths, the resources we use, and how best to support children who sometimes struggle, as well as those children who are more able. 

All children need to establish a deep understanding of maths, on which to build their mathematical learning for future years, this is called 'mastery'. We are working to ensure that all children develop a firm foundation of understanding before 'moving them on' to other areas of maths. More able children apply their skills in lots of different ways and get to know a subject area in maths really well before moving on. 

We are committed to establishing a mastery approach in the teaching of mathematics as we believe that by developing a deep understanding, children can make greater sense of new concepts and have a greater awareness of the underlying structure of mathematics. 

In this approach all pupils are taught the same mathematical content at the same time and the same pace, and the focus is on developing fluency, reasoning and problem solving. We do this through lots of questioning and discussion and the use of high quality resources. 

As we introduce this new approach across all year groups, we are undertaking lesson observations, talking to children and looking in books and at teacher's plans. We are making sure teaching ultimately deepens children's learning and understanding. 

As a result we are investing in new resources, we have developed a new calculation policy and we are training staff so they are well equipped to make the greatest impact on children's learning.

At the moment, we are also considering ways to close the gaps in pupils expected knowledge because of the differences between the new National Curriculum and the previous curriculum. Inevitably this will result in personalised 'catch-up' interventions.  We now need to make sure these catch-up programmes are making a difference.


Singapore Maths

You may have head about Singapore Maths. in 2016-17 we will be trialling this new approach to teaching maths, which has proved so successful in many countries around the world. If it works well, we aim to 'roll this out' across the school from september 2017. 

.....I will keep you updated on how it's going. 

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