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The desire of all leaders and governors to be outstanding is clear. There is no sense of complacency. (Ofsted 2016)
We have 11 Classes from Foundation Stage to Year 6. This year the classes are organised into:
Two pure Foundation Stage classes
Key Stage 1 - a pure Year 1 class and two Year 1/ 2 mixed classes
Lower Key Stage - two Year 3/4 classes and one pure Year 4 class
Upper Key Stage 2 - two Year 5/6 classes and one pure Year 6 class
All classes have support staff working with them in the mornings to support groups and individual pupils according to their needs.
At St Botolphs we are all part of one big family – The wild cats! That’s why each class has a cat name!
As a result of our building work and internal refurbishment programme in the Summer of 2009, we are now fortunate in having a large Foundation Stage and Year 1 bay and spacious classroom accommodation for the another 6 classes. In addition to this, we had a duble mobile unit erected in Spring 2017 to house two of our Upper Key Stage 2 classes. We also have a number of withdrawal rooms for additional small group activity, a new 'hub', a library and spacious hall.
We currently have an official pupil limit in each year group of 36. This limit is set by the Local Authority. In recent years, the school has become increasingly popular with the number of requests for places far exceeding our limit. A number of Parents went to appeal and this has resulted in more than our official limit in most year groups. Each year therefore, the organisation of classes is never easy, various options have been tried in the past and the current structure is yet another option!
We have organised all classes to suit the needs of the children in the best way possible given the available space:
Foundation Stage is a very play-based, flexible learning curriculum, requiring access to outdoor education at all times. As a result, the Foundation Stage, whenever possible, are kept as a pure year group.
As the children enter Key Stage 1, some are ready to access a more structured learning environment while others continue to learn through a more play-based environment. Here we have a combination of the two through the provision of our Year 1 bay and Year1/2 classes.
Year 3 and 4 are important years as children transfer from one Key Stage to another. Some children are ready for this transition, others find it a little harder. With this in mind we aim to ensure children are in the class that will best suit their needs.
Year 5 and 6 are very important years as children are preparing to take their SATs and transfer from our school to the secondary phase of their education. During this phase, we see our role as that of increasing responsibility and preparation for lifelong learning. We work very closely with the High School to ensure a smooth transition in to Year 7.
Class sizes at Key Stage 2, whenever possible, are kept below 30