Welcome to Ponteland Community Primary School
Ponteland Community Primary School (PCPS) has a rich history and a clear vision for providing an exceptional learning environment and opportunities in abundance. In September 2017, PCMS converted to an Academy, and in September 2020, it became Ponteland Community Primary School. From September 2014 to August 2021, Ponteland Middle School operated as a National Teaching School.
Our school is housed in a modern building, which is approximately 40 years old, set on a spacious 15-acre campus. The classrooms, equipped with interactive whiteboards, are arranged around two internal courtyards. We take pride in maintaining well-maintained specialist facilities, including music practice rooms, ICT rooms, design and technology workshops, art studios, food and textiles labs, drama spaces, a science lab, and separate dining and sports halls. Our outdoor facilities feature a well-maintained 9v9 3G pitch, extensive playing fields, a hard play area, and tennis courts. The addition of a 9v9 all-weather artificial turf pitch in Summer 2014 further enhances our sports facilities. As a testament to our commitment to physical education, we have achieved the prestigious platinum sports Gamesmark school award. We firmly uphold our middle school ethos and teaching model, which includes specialist teaching, setting, and a strong focus on learning and well-being.
Our dedicated staff members are passionate about nurturing every child’s intellectual, physical, aesthetic, spiritual, emotional, moral, and social development. They aim to instill a love for learning, foster a sense of satisfaction and achievement, and help each child reach their full potential by developing essential skills, concepts, and knowledge. Our teachers also focus on cultivating reasoning abilities, encouraging questioning and investigative thinking, and promoting critical interpretation of results.
At PCPS, we have clear aims regarding the assessment of pupils’ learning. We strive to record their achievements, diagnose any challenges they may face, and provide effective solutions. Our assessment practices align with best practices in education, incorporating the following key features:
Embracing a 21st-century curriculum that is innovative and enriched
Ensuring assessment methods align with the nature of the learning process
Involving learners themselves in the assessment process to enhance their learning
Facilitating continuity of learning
Effectively communicating progress information to pupils, parents, and the wider educational community
Our teachers and teaching assistants are assigned classes for specific subjects and curriculum areas. Each specialist teacher leads their subject across the school, creating a comprehensive curriculum map that covers all year groups. The quality of teaching at PCPS is rated as excellent, with staff members maintaining high expectations and providing challenging and engaging work. Teachers possess exceptional subject knowledge and utilize their enthusiasm and love for learning to design captivating lessons that inspire pupils to excel. Our curriculum is ambitious, with noteworthy achievements in English, Mathematics, Science, Music, Modern Foreign Languages, Humanities, and Physical Education. Furthermore, a significant number of our pupils actively participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, making a significant contribution to their achievements, particularly in music and sport.
We believe that parents play a crucial role in supporting their child’s education. We foster a strong partnership with parents, emphasising open communication, support, and collaboration. We greatly value parental contributions through involvement as Friends, active participation in the Parents Forum, and both social and financial support. Our commitment to working with parents and families ensures that every child feels safe, happy, and supported in their learning journey.
Under the leadership of our Headteacher, PCPS boasts a dedicated team of teachers who share a dynamic vision and a strong commitment to enriched teaching and learning. Our leaders, including Trustees, hold themselves to the highest standards and inspire the staff they lead. Their enthusiasm and drive are reflected in the efforts of all
At Ponteland Community Primary School, we embrace the culture of continual improvement. Through rigorous self-evaluation, we have identified four key aspects that we believe are vital for our ongoing development as an educational institution. These areas form the foundation of our growth strategy for the future.
QE1: Objective: Enhance Effective Teaching and Learning Across the School Through Strategic Implementation
Our key objective is to elevate the quality of teaching and learning across the school by carefully integrating a series of incremental measures. These measures encompass small sequential steps, modelling, purposeful questioning, and adept retrieval strategies. Of paramount importance is the central role of fostering behaviours conducive to learning within the curriculum. By conscientiously deploying these pedagogical strategies, we aim to nurture in our children a profound understanding of the curriculum, thereby facilitating not only heightened knowledge acquisition but also enhanced retention. This concerted effort will culminate in a demonstrable enhancement of overall learning outcomes.
Quality of education
QE2: Objective: Elevate Students’ Handwriting Proficiency and Foster an Interactive Learning Environment
Furthermore, we are dedicated to refining the application of writing and handwriting knowledge and skills across all subject areas. Through a cross-curricular approach, children will be provided with the opportunity to apply their writing in subjects such as History, Geography, Science, and beyond. This cross-disciplinary integration will not only hone their writing abilities but also foster a deeper comprehension of diverse topics, thus promoting comprehensive literacy development throughout their educational journey. Our central aim is to further enhance children’s handwriting proficiency. Ponteland Community Primary will provide training and resources to our teachers, enabling them to effectively guide and assist children in enhancing their handwriting abilities. Through the uniform integration of handwriting practices across the curriculum, children will develop heightened confidence, thereby augmenting their proficiency in written communication.
QE3: Objective: Development of teaching to make lessons even more engaging for our children.
In addition, we are committed to nurturing an interactive learning environment. This involves concerted efforts to bolster student engagement through innovative teaching strategies. Our teachers will be encouraged to explore and employ diverse instructional methods, encompassing the integration of technology, hands-on activities including by not exclusive to manipulatives, and collaborative learning experiences.
QE4: Objective: Advancement of Comprehensive multiplicative reasoning strategies and recall across the School.
Behaviour and attitudes
BA1: Objective: Cultivate a Supportive School Community
The unwavering commitment of Ponteland Community Primary School lies in fostering an engaged and supportive school community, a commitment that remains paramount. This dedication yields tangible positive impacts on attendance rates and overall student well-being. Through collaborative efforts, our aim is to create an environment where every member—children, parents, teachers, and support staff feels a sense of belonging. This commitment enhances the overall educational experience and contributes to the holistic development of our children in the hope that they ultimately miss less school.
Objective: Strengthen and Expand Holistic Educational Initiatives
PD: 1 Our objective is to consolidate and refine the newly implemented delivery model for Personal, Health, Social, and Economic (PHSE) and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE). With a specific focus on enhancing children’s understanding of protected characteristics, we will work to ensure that these vital concepts are thoroughly integrated into the curriculum. This integration aims to empower our children with an awareness and appreciation of diversity.
Furthermore, we are committed to advancing the rights-respecting schools initiative. Through consistent efforts, we will continue enriching our children’s educational experiences by infusing the curriculum with enhanced and meaningful content. By instilling a deep respect for human rights and fostering an inclusive atmosphere, we aspire to nurture a generation of empathetic and socially responsible individuals, prepared to positively impact their local and global communities.
Leadership and management
LM1: Objective: Enhance Teaching and Learning, Strengthen Governance, and Foster Wellbeing
Elevate Teaching and Learning: Our core objective is to elevate teaching and learning by encouraging active participation of teachers in research-driven continued professional development. This strategic approach empowers educators to stay at the forefront of educational advancements, enriching classroom instruction and student outcomes.
LM2: Embed Learning Walks Securely: PCPS is dedicated to securely embedding learning walks as an integral aspect of our ongoing improvement strategy. This initiative is designed to address behaviour for learning, ultimately enhancing the overall academic achievements of all learners.
LM3: Enhance Governance Effectiveness: With the recent appointment of a new chair, our goal is to strengthen governance effectiveness. Trustees with specific responsibilities will actively provide support and constructive challenges to all school staff, utilising comprehensive monitoring and evaluation processes. This collaborative effort aims to ensure robust oversight and continuous enhancement of the school’s operations.
LM4: Promote Wellbeing and Continuous Improvement: Our commitment to nurturing a culture of wellbeing and continuous improvement. School leaders will consistently monitor staff wellbeing and develop effective strategies to facilitate optimal performance, fostering a positive and healthy work environment. This commitment serves to uphold the wellbeing of our educators while cultivating an atmosphere conducive to ongoing growth and improvement.
Quality of education in early years
EY1: Objective: Broaden Services to Accommodate more two-year-olds
A pivotal endeavour is underway to enhance the school’s provisions to accommodate more two-year-olds and Pre-school facilities, aligning with our commitment to providing children with the best possible start in life. This expansion aims to offer enriched opportunities and support to the youngest members of our community, contributing to their comprehensive growth and development.