The Staff and Children of Ambleside Primary School would like to extend a very warm welcome to you. On entering Ambleside, we want you to feel at ease, and welcomed into a lively, happy, friendly environment.
Our school places a strong emphasis on creating a secure and caring environment, where all children can learn and grow as individuals.
Ambleside Primary became an academy on 1st April 2013. It is a sponsored academy, with Old Basford Primary nominated as the sponsor. The building itself opened in 2007 and has been designed for 21st century education. It provides excellent facilities for our school community; it is bright and spacious with large shared areas for practical work, and an efficient technological infrastructure.
Ambleside is much larger than the average-sized primary school. It is a three form entry school with 735 pupils on roll. Within the Foundation Unit is a Nursery which caters for 78 part time places in both morning and afternoon sessions.
The school population is diverse and pupils represent a range of ethnic and faith groups.
The school staff have developed a broad and balanced curriculum that meets both the requirements of the National Curriculum and the needs of the pupils. The school is proud of the range of extra-curricular activities it offers. It has a number of successful sporting teams, provides residential experiences in Years 2-6 and has achieved national awards for its international dimension and its work with parents.
School Vision & Aims
Our aim is to:
- To enable children to achieve national expectations at all levels.
- Ensure that everybody holds high expectations for themselves and their children in all aspects of teaching, learning and the work of the school community.
- Deliver a broad and balanced curriculum for all learners that has ‘excellence and enjoyment’ at its heart.
- To work together as a wider school community to achieve our very best.
- To create a culture where all members of our learning community are accepted and challenged and where constructive criticism helps us to grow.
- To create a fun, safe and loving environment in which everyone is valued and inspired and proud to be part of.
- To create opportunities for educational and social success for all – parents, pupils and staff. For the whole school community to understand the importance of fairness and how their own actions can contribute to a supportive and harmonious atmosphere.
- To develop relationships within school and the wider community that shares and builds on the belief that everyone is entitled to fulfil their potential.
- Prepare the children for their lifelong learning journey.
- Work together as a team to get the best for everyone in our community.
Following the legal statutory requirements, there are slight differences within the school day at Foundation Stage, Key Stage one and two are follows:
|Nursery Aged Children (Foundation One)||15 hours|
|Foundation Two & Key Stage One||21 hours for pupils aged 5-7 years|
|Key Stage Two||23 ½ hours for pupils aged 8 – 11 years|
Please note: The above table does not include breaks, registration or acts of collective worship.
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Morning Session
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Session
Foundation Two, Key Stage One & Two
8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
School priorities for the academic year 2016/2017
Our school was inspected in November 2016 where it was judged as Inadequate overall. Please don’t be put off by the fact we are in special measures, as this is an opportunity for tailored professional development and being part of a journey to the school’s success in the future. We need high calibre, committed people who want to do the very best for the children at our school.
Our statement of action for the academic year 2017 is based upon areas highlighted for development in both the OFSTED report and internal school monitoring and evaluation.
The school’s priorities as part of this are:
By the end of the year we aim to:
Priority 1: Strengthen the impact leaders, managers and governors have on pupil learning.
1A Governors understand and hold leaders to account for how well pupils achieve within the national context.
1B Leaders act strategically and promptly on the priorities identified through self-evaluation to make an impact on progress.
Priority 2: Improve teaching in order to accelerate the progress that pupil make and raise their attainment, especially in reading and mathematics.
2A Work is accurately pitched as a result of the use of accurate assessment for the different groups of learner to accelerate progress.
2B Pupils are equipped with the reading and reasoning skills to succeed alongside their peers nationally.