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.
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.
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:
Attendance remains our key focus to ensure children have the full opportunity to make progress and achieve their potential:
Attendance Target : Attendance is in line or above national average; persistent absence/lateness is reducing month on month
In order to increase children's speed of handwriting and their choice of vocabulary:
English Target 1. All children will use spelling knowledge to spell well for their age in all writing
English Target 2. All children will form handwriting consistently so it does not hamper their writing efficiency
In order to improve children's arithmetic, mental maths speed and their skills to solve mathematical problems:
Maths Target 1. All children will know the age related mental maths strategies and apply them in all maths learning
Maths Target 2. All children will know the age related problem solving strategies and apply them in all maths learning
In order to support SEN children to make their maximum progress:
SEN Target 1. Develop staff knowledge of physical development to enable targeted intervention that raises standards rapidly
SEN Target 2. Develop parental learning partnership to equip parents with the skills and knowledge to best support their children
In order to improve communication with parents, we have changed communication systems to Learning Ladders:
EYFS Target: Implement the new Learning Ladders system to utilise data to inform teaching and learning and raise progress levels
We work in partnership with families to create the best opportunities for children to thrive and learn. We have a strong parent/carer voice as we work together to improve the Nursery and School offer for all. This year we are supporting families with the current cost of living crisis by reducing school meals to £1 a day and to not ask any parent/carer to contribute to education trips this school year.
We are starting parental workshops up again to support families with learning at home, there will be Reading, Writing (Handwriting, Spelling, Grammar and Genres) and Maths workshops run after October half term. See Latest News section for more details.
These are the ones that we have achieved so far:
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.
Mrs Marie Curtis