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In our opinion as parents, St Botolph’s is an OUTSTANDING Primary School. The entire team of teachers and support staff have continually endeavored to challenge our child and sympathetically support his individual needs. The positive ‘can do’ ethos that exists within this school has facilitated tremendous progress in all aspects of his education….Our son says “I love my school”, that says it all!
We have 12 Classes from Foundation Stage to Year 6. This year the classes are organised into:
Foundation Stage - one pure Foundation Stage classes within a FS bay
Key Stage 1 - three Year 1 classes within a Year 1 bay and two Year 2 classes
Lower Key Stage - three Year 3/4 classes
Upper Key Stage 2 - three Year 5/6 classes
All key stages have additional teaching staff/HLTA/Cover supervisors to support pure year group teaching for English and Maths each morning. In addition, all classes have teaching and learning support assistants to support individual pupils according to their specific 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 the building work and internal refurbishment programme in the Summer of 2009, we are 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 double 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 work, a new 'hub', a library and hall.
We currently have an official pupil limit in each year group of 40. 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 succeeded in their appeal to come here and this has resulted in more than our official 40 limit in most year groups. Luckily, the way we are able to utilise additional teaching staff and additonal teaching spaces means all register classes are below 30 and for English and Maths the children are in classes of around 20.
When we move in February 2022, limited space will no longer be an issue! We will move as a school of 300 pupils in to a space that has capacity for 630! This enables our pupil limit to be increased to 60 in FS & KS1, enabling pure year group classes, and intiially there will be an increase to 45 pupils in each year group in KS2. As the school size gradually increases, pure year groups will become the norm throughout the school.
The new school will have: 2 themed libraries, aimed at the younger children downstairs and older children upstairs; 2 Halls; a science room and cookery room; a sensory/soft play space and a number of additional intervention/group rooms. Outside there are 2 full-size rugby pitches, 2 ball courts and a large playground. The possibilities are endless!
We have organised all classes to suit the needs of the children in the best way possible given the available space currently available to us:
Foundation Stage is a very play-based, flexible learning curriculum, requiring access to outdoor education at all times. As a result, the Foundation Stage 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. In our Year 1 bay we are able to provide a combination of both. Then as the children enter Year 2 and their final year of KS1, we work towards transition in to Lower KS2 and a more structured classroom environment is provided.
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 and support them with this transition.
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.