SCHOOL SITE AND BUILDING
Both Ecton Brook and Bellinge Campuses have recently been extensively remodelled. Both campuses have a Reception Year area with covered outside provision and garden. Ecton Brook campus has four bays for Reception Year, Years 1 and 2, Years 3 and 4, and Years 5 and 6. There is a large hall, library, I.T. suite, cookery area, art room, inclusion room, music room, staff room, dining hall and office accommodation for the Head Teacher, two Deputy Head Teachers and Administration Team. Bellinge Campus has large individual classrooms for each class, with central provision of an ICT suite, hall, library, inclusion room and office/administration areas.
On both campuses a Family Room welcomes parents and their children for a range of activities and groups sessions. On Ecton Brook campus we also have a Surestart Children’s Centre.
Both campuses benefit from landscaped grounds with a large playing field and playground.
There are usually approximately 500 children on roll – 300 on Ecton Brook Campus and 200 on Bellinge Campus.
Our extended school provision on both campuses includes a wide range of activities including choir, basketball, sports and music groups and art clubs. We also have our Ready Steady Go kids nurture group each morning for selected children. On Ecton Brook Campus we also have Happy Days Childcare (our Children’s Centre childcare providers) and breakfast and after-school childcare provision.
ORGANISATION AND CURRICULUM
Our Ecton Brook campus currently has an intake of 45 children each year. There are two classes in Reception year, three vertically grouped classes for Years 1 and 2, three vertically grouped classes for Years 3 and 4, two classes for each of Years 5 and 6. The Bellinge campus currently has an intake of 30 children in each year group. There are seven single form entry classes.
Teachers work and plan together in year group teams following a long-term curriculum plan and teaching strategies to ensure continuity and progression throughout the school and across both campuses. The school is using a cross curricular approach in meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum. Half term topics are used to provide a broad and relevant curriculum. In an OFSTED inspection in November 2010 our curriculum provision was deemed to be good.
The school positively supports the learning of vulnerable children and groups through targeted provision for children with special educational needs, English as an additional language, or other barriers to learning.
GOVERNERS, PARENTS AND THE COMMUNITY
The Governing Body consists of 15 members and regularly meets six times a year.
The school works to maintain close links with parents and a number of them do assist in various school activities. Both campuses have a Parent Teacher Association that provides support in a variety of ways.
The school has recently opened a Children’s Centre and we are proud of the role we have in the locality. A pre-school is based in the Children’s Centre, with a variety of other facilities and activities for families available, including a Toy Library, Parent, Carers and Toddler Group, Baby Massage, Stay & Play, and Baby Weighing. The Children’s Centre staff also provide courses and group activities in the Family Room on Bellinge Campus.
In addition to the Executive Head Teacher, there are twenty full time class teachers, and three part time teachers. At present there are two deputy head teachers at the Ecton Brook campus and one deputy head teacher at the Bellinge campus. We also have a large team of skilled and qualified Teaching Assistants and a Special Educational Needs (SEN) support team including, Teaching Assistants, SEN Teacher and Speech and Language Assistants.
There are classroom and/or teaching assistants working in all areas of the school. Each class has teaching assistant support every day.
The school has a full time School Business Manager, and two part-time Receptionist/Administration Assistants at Ecton Brook and an Administrator at the Bellinge Campus.
Hot meals are cooked on the both sites by the county council ‘Nourish’ school meal service.