Welcome to St Margaret’s CE Primary School

Dear Parents

 

Welcome to the St Margaret’s CE Primary School, Withern prospectus. It is my pleasure and privilege to be the Head Teacher of such a vibrant, inclusive and very happy school. Our children are very well-behaved, Ofsted said behavior was ‘outstanding’; they work hard, try their best and thoroughly enjoy their learning – they are, quite simply, brilliant children!

Recently the Minister for Schools, David Laws MP, wrote to our school to congratulate us on being one of the top 105 performing primary schools in the country. This fantastic achievement is down to the rich curriculum, the relationships established between school and home, the hard work of the children and the commitment and ability of a talented staff.

Our staff are committed to making learning exciting and interesting by selecting interesting study themes and linking real experience and visits to the study theme each term – an imperative for us is to be involved with and explore the local community and environment as part of our curriculum. Alongside the organised visits and visitors linked to learning there are also many opportunities to develop personal interests through the many sports and after school clubs which range from football and golf to cookery and music.

Our outdoor learning space is quite exceptional and every child within our school knows about the environment and how we can take care of it. They work surrounded the organic gardens, pond, summer house, outdoor classroom and greenhouse with our specially employed outdoor learning teaching assistant and, through that closeness to the natural world, they come to appreciate the wonder of creation.

There is a very real sense of community within our school – we are a family school. However, we recognise our duty to raise awareness with regard to all aspects of community cohesion. We are part of a larger Christian community and, through working with the local diocese and other church schools, we teach essential values such as compassion and humility.

We are also an ’International school’ and the children are able to enjoy a multi-cultural educational experience. As an IPC school (International Primary Curriculum) all children study another country every term, they learn about and appreciate the interdependence of all countries in the world.

A core part of our school improvement comes through our ‘collaborative partnership’ with New Leake Primary and Stickney CE Primary. This partnership allows pupils, teachers and parents another opportunity to work beyond our own school. This is reflected in a request to our school by David Laws MP about working with other schools ‘so that all children get the chance to go to a school which is as good as yours.’

We attain excellent academic success and maintain very high expectations which are borne out by our pupils’ results when compared both nationally and with local schools. In 2015 our Year 6 Pupils achieved 100% Level 4+ in Reading, Writing and Maths and were significantly above average at the higher Level 5. I am very proud of all the achievements of our children but I truly believe we have to do more than educate. We have an obligation to give all the children in our care the very best education and childhood we can – please come and visit us to see for yourself.

I look forward to meeting you

Mr James Siddle

Head Teacher