Welcome to Firs Primary School. This prospectus will tell you everything you need to know in order to make the most of your child’s time here.
Each year 52 pupils are welcomed to our Foundation 1 and up to 60 pupils enter our Reception classes. If you wish to visit the school and see it in action, please contact me directly. Parents of pupils entering Foundation 1 and Reception are invited to induction meetings during the Summer Term each year.
We aim to provide a friendly and caring environment for your child, creating an atmosphere which is both a stimulating and happy one in which your child can learn and develop and gain satisfaction through his/her achievements. We provide a wide range of balanced learning opportunities for all children to help them grow into independent, respectful and responsible young people.
We believe that we can only achieve the best for your child by close co-operation between home and school. Throughout their school life there will be many opportunities for you to share in your child’s education and my staff and I are always available to talk to you about any aspects of your child’s development.
I am normally around at the start of each school day and will always try to make myself available for you. Failing this, appointments can be made via the office. The information in the prospectus is up to date but, of course, we will need, from time to time, to send you further information as situations change.
It is important to us that every child enjoys their time at our school and that they each achieve their potential. We hope that you will support all school activities and make this a happy and successful start to your child’s future.
Fiona Aris, Headteacher
At Firs Primary School we set high aspirations for achievement for all children.
We focus primarily on the children’s individual progress from their different starting points; this then leads directly on to attainment where we drive children to reach age-related expectations.
WHAT IS ASSESSED?
In Year 1, children complete a phonics screening check to ensure they have learned phonic decoding to an appropriate standard.
At the end of Key Stage 1 and 2, children take standard assessment tests in core curriculum areas - these are then reported to the Government.
Academic outcomes are woven in to day-to-day practice and, here at Firs, we are constantly reassessing how we can support children in their development. Regular pupil progress meetings ensure that the right interventions are in place and they are used to elicit high expectations and challenging work for all pupils. Regular and timely assessments, both formative and summative, inform teaching and learning to ensure that each individual pupil reaches their full potential.
The Character team covers the non-core subjects of: Art and D&T, Music, Humanities, P.E and M.F.L(Spanish). We deliver this through discrete teaching in the classroom and through performance opportunities, educational visits and specialist workshops with visiting experts(experiences). Furthermore, our new house system (to be introduced in January) will promote healthy competition and sportsmanship.
We are responsible for the formation of the child’s character and promote creative thinking, independence and cooperative skills through the four R’s: Resilience, Reciprocity, Resourcefulness and Reflection, which are the integral threads to each non-core lesson. Children gain practical, creative experiences through our exciting hands on lessons; encouraging them to leave their comfort zone and try something new, thus promoting confidence, performance skills and out of the box thinking.
At Firs Primary School we believe that the partnership between the school and the community is paramount in changing lives of both children and their families. The school and the community work together in a variety of ways to provide a safe and caring learning environment, in which everyone can flourish. Empowering lives and providing choice lies at the heart of the schools core values.
This is portrayed through the work we do which includes: pupil volunteers and charity fund raising. The school has also developed an effective Parent Action group and Student Council. Both groups work collaboratively to promote the values of the school and organise events to bring the community together such as: Macmillan Cake Sale, Coffee morning and Summer Fun Days. Firs Primary School provides the opportunity for children to become well-rounded, life-long learners.
STAFF CORE VALUES
Firs’ mission is to empower communities to succeed. In order to achieve this we stand by six core values…Honesty, Integrity, Transparency, Courage, Belief and Trust.
We expect everyone in our organisation to carry out their daily duties through our values. Firs is a unique school that serves a unique community. We believe that the most important gift we can give anyone is to be Empowered. We strive in all our work both academic and through non-core subjects such as Art, Music and Humanities to help children to succeed. If a child or adult succeeds then they are likely to feel empowered and therefore have choice in life.
Choice of job or career, choice around where to live, choice around relationships and friendships. An empowered child or adult is likely to be happy in their job and will have relationships that will last. In order to empower pupils, we work hard to ensure Academic Outcomes are good and that children make expected or more than expected progress given their individual starting points. We believe pupils should be given time to think and learn about skills they need to acquire to be a strong learner now and in the future (Reflective, Reciprocity, Resourceful and Resilient).
COMMUNITY EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP
This is a new, innovative, Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) model that seeks to place education at the heart of community development. The trust aims to bring about sustainable community transformation by addressing significant community issues through education.
The Community Education Partnership takes the strategic priorities from local community plans and sets appropriate holistic targets for each of its academies, supporting the delivery of a local strand in community
curriculum planning.We support our academies to develop a strong aspirational ethos, building on the existing strengths of the organisation underpinned by a belief in character education and inclusion.
Our board is constituted of key prominent community partners including Police, Housing, Health, Local Government, Multi-National Business leaders and Education experts, all of whom are committed to raising
standards and providing the very best educational opportunities to our young people.
Our trust believes in earned autonomy, in high challenge and provision of exceptional school improvement expertise, all of which underpin our core mission of developing healthy, well-educated and cohesive communities that succeed.
FIRS PRIMARY SCHOOL DREGHORN ROAD, CASTLE BROMWICH, BIRMINGHAM B36 8LL