Firs Primary School is a larger than average school with 457 pupils currently on role aged 3 to 11 years.
We are situated on the Firs Estate between Castle Bromwich and Hodge Hill. We have our own 52 place part-time place Nursery on site. From Reception, there are two classes in each year.
Children come from a wide range of backgrounds, religions and cultures and previous educational experience. The majority of our families live very locally on the Firs and Bromford Estates, although some children travel long distances to be with us.
The school was originally separate infants and junior schools but these were amalgamated and the buildings connected by a modern corridor.
The school’s staffing structure and pupil tracking systems are set up to give all children the very best possible chances of success regardless of background.
We aim to ensure that every child makes the best possible progress in their time with us. Low prior attainment means that some may not reach national expectations but they will benefit from individualised, targeted, support.
The classrooms are large and spacious and the teachers pride themselves on excellent displays which provide a stimulating and meaningful working environment.
All children have access to an ICT suite and Library.
There are two halls, two playgrounds and separate outdoor areas for Foundation Stage and Year 1.
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014. The DfE have reinforced the need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.’
We reinforce these values:
The school vision, aims and ethos clearly state the importance we place on each member of the school community as an individual who is valued and respected by everyone else. Pupil voice is important and helps pupils both to reflectively engage in their learning, and to consider or challenge the issues that are important to them at school. ‘Pupil voice’ is valued across school through class and school council sessions, frequent pupil feedback to teachers and ensures that all pupils, are able to have a say in their education and the life of the school. The School Council is listened to and approached by school staff in decision making at various levels and it is able to effect change. Every child on the school council is voted in by other pupils in their class.
Pupils are encouraged to understand the viewpoints and practices, backgrounds and contributions that everyone makes. During PHSE lessons children are engaged in considering what it means to be British and understanding that being British is about living alongside others in a multi-cultural community.
There is a shared understanding of what is politeness and good behaviour and this is promoted at all times and underpinned by the three school rules which are known by all children.
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Firs School. School rules are displayed in classrooms and communal areas and classes work together to agree their own specific rules.
Pupils are taught, at whatever level is appropriate, the rights of all pupils at the school. They are also taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves, and the consequences when laws are broken. For the youngest pupils in school this may be through topics/themes such as ‘People Who Help Us’.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young people to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms, and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through E-Safety and PSHE work.
Firs promotes an anti-bullying culture and policies relating to behaviour and E-safety are in place.
Children are encouraged to understand that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. We actively encourage visitors from a range of communities and organisations into school.
Each year, the school supports a range of charities that the children can identify with. The school plans fundraising and awareness raising activities to support these charities.