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Welcome to Ash Grange

Welcome to Ash Grange a wonderful community school for boys and girls aged 2-11 years in the heart of Ash, in Surrey.  It is my privilege to be the Headteacher of Ash Grange and to lead this fantastic school, with a dedicated and hard working team of staff.   

 

Our ethos is clear for children and adults alike:  “We Care, We Learn, We Shine”, this encompasses all we do and the following pages share with you what this looks like day by day.

 

We have 3 core aims which underpin all that we do

 

1. Enriched learning experiences that will broaden children’s knowledge and understanding of the world.

We provide a rich and varied curriculum delivered through half termly creative projects, which link all areas of learning/subjects of the Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery 1, 2 and Reception Year) and National Curriculum (Year 1 to 6) together in meaningful, exciting, enriching and broadening experiences.  Day to day learning is enriched with specialist teachers of Drama, Music, Swimming and wider sports.  Undertaking local and further afield trips widen children’s first hand experiences, along with visitors who come to share expertise from all walks of life with the children.  The learning is planned to develop children’s knowledge, understanding and skills to enable them to be lifelong learners and responsible citizens.

 

2. The development of effective communications and language skills so that children can be confident and powerful communicators.

Highly developed oral confidence is vital in life, to communicate needs, ideas and views to other people and in return to listen and respond to those expressed.  To develop communication skills is a fundamental part of each learning day.  Each class has special opportunities in lessons, assemblies, events to develop and hone these skills.Once children have acquired effective spoken abilities these are applied to reading and writing to broaden these communication skills.  We are so passionate about reading because it opens up to children the worlds of facts, imagination and creativity.  During their years at Ash Grange each child has the chance to build their own reading library and be awarded 20 fantastic books which are gifted to them when they achieve each level of school reading band system. Writing is a crucial tool for creativity and sharing all that they know and are learning, we enable the children to be confident, able writers who develop their interests and passions. The craft of forming efficient and effective handwriting is valued through pen licences and the awarding of an engraved fountain pen when presentation is consistently excellent.  We take every opportunity we can to write creatively and the children’s imagination and factual knowledge creates rich and interesting pieces that are award winning.With great communication skills the children can access and engage fully with the world around them and the grasp the opportunities awaiting for them.

 

3. The positive development of physical, mental and emotional health of all.

We care about the uniqueness of each child; their academic, social, spiritual, physical, mental and emotional health. We all know happy children learn, make friends, achieve their goals and become full active citizens; which is what we want for every child.  The development of positive emotional health equips children with the skills and tools to be able to recognise their own and others emotional health and needs, which enables them to have their needs met in a respectful, independent and consistent way.  We recognise that families need support at different times and we provide support to the family day by day and at significant points of need.  We appreciate and value the huge team of staff at Ash Grange who ensure our practice, expectations and support of children allows them to flourish and achieve so much.  Our provision in this whole area of Mental Health and Well-being has enabled us to be recognised with a national award. 

 

School Development Plan (SDP) 2020-21

Every year we strive to improve the provision of Ash Grange to have the greatest impact we can on the pupils, parents, staff and community. Each year the school stakeholders review progress and attainment to identify actions to improve the provision for all children, our current targets are:

 

1) All children will achieve at least their age and stage related expectations in reading, with adaptations for children with specific SEN. 

2) Create and implement a new scheme of work for every foundation subject, which builds on prior learning in small measurable steps, provides application opportunities to embed knowledge and skills which enables rapid progress.

3) Create and implement a new scheme of work for maths, which builds on prior learning in small measurable steps, provides application opportunities to embed knowledge and skills which enables rapid progress.

4) Link writing opportunities to the new schemes of work to provide cross curricular application of skills and knowledge, utilizing current methodology.

5) Continue to improve attendance rates, in line with national/local.

 

Awards

These are the ones that we have achieved so far:

  1. Mental Health National Award (2019-2022)   
  2. Rights, Respecting in Schools Award (Unicef) - Bronze (2019)
  3. Anti-Bullying Charter Award - Gold (2018-19)  
  4. Surrey Healthy Schools - Gold - (2017-2020)
  5. Guildford in Bloom - Gold (2018-19)
  6. Green Flag - Silver (2018-2019)   
  7. Sports Games Mark - Bronze (2019)
  8. LAMDA Performing Arts School - ongoing    

 

In 2020-21 we would like to continue maintaining our gold awards and the LAMDA award and work to achieve:

  1. Eco Green Flag - Gold
  2. Rights, Respecting in Schools Award (Unicef) - Silver
  3. Surrey Healthy Schools (2020-2023)
  4. Sports Games Mark - Silver

 

Governors

Governors monitor all aspects of the SDP as part of meetings, and on-going monitoring throughout the year. Find out more

 

I hope I have captured some of the passion I hold for this amazing school and community.  Our website is full of information and images to see more of school life but a visit will bring it to life; come and see our wonderful school in action.

 

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Marie Curtis

Headteacher

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