Welcome to Cledford Primary School
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN CLEDFORD PRIMARY SCHOOL
Cledford is an inclusive primary school with a reputation for a personalised approach to learning for every pupil, including social and emotional education. Our teachers are kind and positive in their interactions with children and we invest in relationships as the cornerstone of good learning. The '3Rs' at Cledford are Respect, Responsibility and Resilience and we teach these values to our pupils every day. You can find out more about our character education, including 'SUMO' 'Growth Mindset' and 'HEARTSMART' in the 'about us' section of the website.
At Cledford we are committed to enabling every child to learn to speak well, to read and to write with understanding and to be able to use mathematics in context and to solve problems. We call these basic skills our 'non-negotiables' and we teach them, systematically, every day. We have high expectations of what can be achieved and we believe in the power of practice.
We are proud to be an 'artsmark gold' school and of our tradition of using the arts to ignite learning.
We have a proud sporting tradition at Cledford too. Our staff are skilled practitioners and are passionate about active lifestyles and school sport. Pupils enjoy a wide range of opportunities both in lessons and in after school clubs.
We have a saying at Cledford - 'we don't just admit children; we admit families'. Our commitment to family support and to parent partnership is a strength; we know the value of working together to help children succeed.
If you would like to see the school in action we would be proud to show you our happy, successful community. Please ring the school office to arrange a visit.
Mrs A J Booth, Federation Headteacher
The school retained its ‘good school’ status during its most recent ‘Ofsted’ inspection. Elizabeth Stevens, HMI, praised the school’s ‘nurturing and inclusive ethos’ and its values of ‘respect, responsibility and resilience: ‘pupils described how they learn to say ‘we can’t do it … yet’ when tackling challenges. They learn to be resilient learners who persevere in order to succeed.’
Staff in the school were commended for providing ‘a warm and nurturing environment’ and for planning ‘engaging and exciting events to enthuse pupils and deepen their learning’. Relationships in the school were celebrated: ‘staff treat pupils with care and kindness.’
It was noted that ‘pupils show pride and care in their work’, that they ‘enjoy their learning and are keen to try their best to succeed’. Behaviour in the school was judged to be good: ‘teachers set high expectations for pupils’ behaviour in lessons, which helps pupils to make good progress and achieve well’.
The governing board in the school received a highly positive report; described as ‘dedicated and knowledgeable,’ governors provide ‘a good balance of support and challenge for leaders’.
The inspectors asked the school to improve even further by:
‘Embedding recent changes to the teaching of reasoning and problem-solving in maths’
Making sure that ‘an even greater proportion of pupils are working at greater depth in their writing’
Ensuring that all subject leaders ‘know the strengths and weaknesses in the school of their area of responsibility’
'I am proud to work with such a hard-working and talented team of staff and governors. Our pupils presented themselves to inspectors the way they do every day – well mannered, keen to learn and fun! We are all delighted that the report recognises the care and individual support given to learners and carers at Cledford by everyone on the team. The nurturing, inclusive and resilient school described is exactly what we have aspired to be.'
Mrs A J Booth, Federation Headteacher
In order to help keep all the adults in our school community safe, the school office is currently closed. Of course, we are still keen to keep lines of communication open. If you wish to speak to any member of staff you can ring the school office and we can make you an appointment. This includes any conversation with your child's teacher that is more than a very quick word on the gate; we need to ensure that all the adults in our school community can communicate where needed but follow all the guidelines to reduce risk.
Prospective parents are welcome to visit the school, at the moment, outside of pupil hours, when a member of our team will be happy to show you the school and answer your questions.
Information on how to download the new school communication tool, school comms/school gateway, can be found on 'latest updates' and 'parents/school comms'