We are really proud that we have been successful in the reaccreditation of our Inclusion Quality Mark. We had a very thorough two day assessment which involved stakeholders at every level and we would like to thank everyone that contributed to assessment. Below are just a few comments that our assessor made...
There is significant evidence of good practice in Inclusion, across all categories of need. Inclusion is evident in every aspect of school life, ensuring that Every Child Matters and, as an extension, that every person associated with the school is also fully valued.
The "wow factor" of Red Oaks lasted from the beginning of this assessment visit through to the end.
Care for children and their backgrounds underpins the Red Oaks Primary ethos.
Red Oaks Primary School sees itself as a caring school which:-
- Seeks maximum academic success for all children
- Is focussed on the pursuit of outstanding teaching and learning
- Is focussed in the interest of relationships for learning
- Understands and cares for each individual
- Is a loving, fun and humane school
- Works with parents and children to raise standards and achieve excellence
The over-riding impression given by Red Oaks Primary is of a school that has an understanding of what it wants to provide to enhance the learning experience for children. There is an energy and enthusiasm from the staff which is clearly visible in the attitudes and behaviour of the children. There is a values-based ethos, based on openness, honesty and humanity, which ensures that the Inclusion agenda is assured.
Well done to our fab learners: award renewed
Ian and Helen could clearly see that you:
- know your learning strengths and gifts
- are becoming brilliant bookworms!
- are independent learners right from nursery
- understand your targets and know where to find them
- demonstrate a good attitude to your work and were very keen to start learning time
- those of you receiving extra help work hard to make accelerated progress
- know what helps you learn - you're very resourceful
- are confident, respectful, responsible, collaborative learners
Your learning muscles clearly shone through!
We are very proud of you... and all the staff who support you - as one dyslexic pupil summed up "bringing learning to life makes it fun".
The assessors really enjoyed seeing how well our dyslexia friendly approaches were embedded throughout the school - ensuring high quality teaching and learning for all. Congratulations to all children and staff for creating such a fabulous Dyslexia Friendly environment. The list of honours is too long to detail, but includes our Dyslexia Ambassadors for spreading the word, those who are using their Values and building their learning muscles, those who have created stimulating and exciting learning environments and opportunities, planned amazing trips, inspired a child to enjoy reading again, understood how much effort a child has put into their work, created Clicker grids, delivered staff training, taken the time to value something a child has done, ordered buff paper, laminated help yourself resources, analysed data, supported staff with strategies, delivered programmes, worked 1:1 or in a small group to help a child achieve their targets or celebrated a success with a child - this is what makes our school so special. Well done to our amazing team - big and small!
Our balloon lift off celebrating the Red Oaks community success with an 'Outstanding' Ofsted outcome
You, and many of your parents, are right to be proud of your school
because it gives you an 'Outstanding' education.
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and here for the Link Magazine Article
The Quality Mark is an award that celebrates and supports continuous improvement in literacy and numeracy.
It is awarded to a school to recognise their provision, practice and performance in literacy and numeracy, and is valid for three years.
A school or setting must demonstrate a whole school approach to improving standards in literacy and numeracy, with evidence of the impact of its approaches.
It provides a framework for self-evaluation and continuous improvement of the basic skills of all pupils in a school, including those who underachieve and those who underattain.
We were delighted to receive this quality mark in recognition of our inclusive practise - as an inclusive school and an inclusive team.
Barbara, our assessor reported that,
"this is a very special school with a unique atmosphere", "the mood is of energy, passion and conviction: 'Children Matter' ",
"a truly inclusive school in which deaf children, children with specific needs, children who are a little slower at starting reading and children with extraordinary gifts are treasured, supported and given every opportunity to grow...a school in which any parent or carer would love to place their child".
We are delighted to announce that we have achieved our Dyslexia Friendly Schools Award.A HUGE thank you to the children who were fantastic ambassadors for Red Oaks and really made the assessors' day today. Well done - your enthusiasm shone through and you did us proud.
A big thank you also to our fabulous parents, TA's, admin. staff, teachers, governors and Head Teacher who have made the journey towards Dyslexia Friendly Schools such a great one. What a great team effort - fabulous unity!
We will look forward to the award ceremony and will keep you posted!
Red Oaks is delighted to have been awarded £10,000
by 'Awards for All - England' to promote Deaf awareness and British Sign Language across the school community, purchase resources to support the learning of BSL, and to establish a Deaf-hearing theatre project and signing choir.
More information to follow shortly...
Thanks to Mrs Menham and Miss Parker for their hard work in putting together the successful bid
Miss Hancock took 2 children to Bath last Wednesday to receive our ArtsMark Gold award.
We applied for Artsmark last November and were moderated by the Arts Council earlier this year and our application was sucessful!
The ArtsMark Gold is the highest and so recognises all the time, efforts and achievements of our school in the arts.
It was a lovely day and we were very proud. The children represented our school beautifully and the organisers commected that our school looked like great fun!
The Official photo!!!
'Red Oaks Primary is a good school. It is improving rapidly because of the inspirational leadership of the headteacher; many areas of the school's work are outstanding. One parent commented, 'What a great place. I almost wish I was six again!' This view was echoed by many others, who described the school as 'brilliant' or 'wonderful'.'
Other comments include:
- Pupils' outstanding behaviour and very positive attitudes make a considerable contribution to their learning.
- Teachers are enthusiastic and their encouragement helps the pupils gain in confidence and enjoy their lessons.
- Nearly all pupils enjoy school greatly and take a great deal of interest in their work because of consistently good teaching and a highly innovative curriculum which stimulates their imagination and captures their interest.
Click here to read the full report
Red Oaks has met the requirements of the Standard for recognition as an Investor in People. A huge thank you to Miss Brittain for managing this process.
The examples of good practice are a credit to the whole staff and governor team.
Here are a few of the key highlights:
- Red Oaks is a shining example of an Investor in People organisation
- The school is exciting, dynamic, innovative and 'everyone' has fun
- The whole ambiance of the school is one of teamwork
- The Head is a superb leader, making clear the high standards she requires, but leading in such a way that both staff and pupils enjoy their time in school
- The atmosphere is one of happy and co-operative working, and the environment is delightful, with excellent wall displays
- Staff are valued in many ways
- All staff have equal opportunities for development
- There is a very good four-way network between staff, governors, children and parents which is encouraging and rewarding for staff
The report concludes that the examples of good practice shared are just a small list of many. The assessor also wrote, "Red Oaks is probably one of the finest Investor in People schools I have had the pleasure to assess in fifteen years."
Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations!
Red Oaks are awarded the Intermediate International School Award for their global activities and work with South Africa and France in 2006-2007.
The British Council recognises that Red Oaks Primary School are developing Internationalism.
Well done everyone!
Eco Action Group have gained another prestigious award for Red Oaks – the much coveted Eco Schools Silver Award.
The Group have been working really hard since September to evaluate how eco-friendly the school is and to make a detailed action plan to go greener.
We now have a link governor and two recycling schemes on the go – ‘Recycool’ and ‘Go Green for Asda’ – more details coming soon.
We have taken over the collection of the paper recycling bins and are saving Mick a job while ensuring that all classes (and the teachers!) are recycling sensibly. Click here for the Certificate
Breaking news: Miss Brittain and Miss Hancock have worked incredibly hard to gain the This is a fabulous achievement after only one year of opening. Well done ladies!
Extra, extra, read all about it! Mrs Deeley presented us with a certificate to celebrate our
We have recently been assessed and found to be a super healthy school. The assessors spoke to staff, children, parents and governors and were very impressed by the amount of hard work that has been done to achieve this award in less than one year. So, well done to everyone who helped to make it happen, and a big thank you too.
See the Global Village/ Healthy Living section of the website to see some of the super, healthy things that have we have all been involved in this year.
Mrs M and Miss Menzies will be going to a ceremony to be presented with the award next week, so look out for photos coming soon.
We have just been awarded our Gold Smoke Free Award from Smoke Free Swindon. I'm sure we don't need to remind you that whole learning campus is a smoke free zone, this includes the school building and the grounds.
Click here to see our certificate
Thank you for helping us all breathe freely.
Three Green Cheers for Red Oaks!
Red Oaks' Eco Club have just been awarded a Bronze Award from the Eco Schools environmental charity.
To get this award we had to carry out an environmantal survey of the school and then come up with an Eco Action Plan for the school to follow.
We will need everyone's help to work towards our Silver Award - putting the action plan into place.