We at Trull Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School strive for excellence. We seek to help children achieve their full potential, by encouraging a love of learning and the development of self-esteem in a safe, secure and caring environment. As a Church School we aim to develop Christian values and foster a kind and caring attitude towards other people and respect for their beliefs.
Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and interconnected. We therefore believe it is important to report to you on a whole wealth of areas with regards to your child’s development, not limited to their reading, writing and mathematical achievement, against set criteria. We do this by using reading records, homework tasks, discussions with you and by reporting on areas such as your child’s social skills, emotional intelligence, politeness, values as well as other academic areas such as creativity, sporting and musical abilities.
We do however provide data and specific information about how your child is achieving in Reading, Writing and Mathematics
The most important information to us is your child's personal progress — reaching their own potential, achieving as well as they can to the best of their ability. For example, some children could be doing very well and achieving well but not making good progress, they would be coasting even though the data for them would look good. Alternatively, there could be a child who really struggles and is making fantastic personal leaps and bounds, but in terms of the data it would look like they were making very little progress. It is therefore important that we track each and every pupil carefully to ensure they are reaching and challenging their potential.
In the Autumn term we hold a consultation evening during which each parent is given a progress report. This identifies strengths and weaknesses and next step targets. There is also information on the report to show how these compare with National expectations.
As a School we discuss each child's progress regularly with the whole teaching team. What happens in school is not however the whole picture. Along with the effort a child puts into their learning, is the support a child gets from home. As a School we want to support parents to help with their child's progress and so in response to parental feedback we now issue a progress report at each parent consultation meeting and a summary report at the end of the year which can be discussed at the Summer consultation evening. Parents also receive the results of the Statutory Assessment Tasks (Year 2 and Year 6). Due to the nature of the Early Years Curriculum parents receive termly next step targets and then a summary report at the end of the year.
The school appreciates the need for close cooperation between home and school, and staff are pleased to discuss children’s work at any time. This can be arranged by making an appointment with the class teacher personally or in the office. Similarly, the Headteacher is always willing to see parents, again by appointment.