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Values and ethos

Our key values are:

Believe, Care, Strive, Achieve

We aim to:

Create an imaginative, inspirational teaching environment where every child is happy at school, enabling them to thrive, grow and achieve.

Encourage confidence, independence and individuality alongside respect and tolerance.

Engage with local communities and the wider world.

For more information take a look at our school website and see what our students say about us in the video below:

Background

Rated as Outstanding by Ofsted (2011), we currently have 162 children in 7 classes. Our children are happy, confident self-learners. Standards of work and behaviour are high.

We are a stable school with around two-thirds of children staying with us throughout. Any movement is mainly due to families relocating. A small number of Year 4/5 children move to local, private education. 

Throughout the important years of primary education, we aim to provide a happy, caring, stimulating and aspirational learning environment.  We want our children to acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes and interests that will support their social, emotional and academic attainment throughout their lives.

We are very active in the Easingwold Cluster of primary schools, often taking a leading role. We are also members of North Star and Polaris Teaching School Alliances (TSA). 

Our school benefits from:

Kool Club – rated Good by Ofsted (2018)

Kool Club is an independent childcare organisation set within Alne Primary School primarily offering after-school care. It offers fun activities and programmes that stimulate the children intellectually, socially and physically. The club has been running at full capacity for several years and is very popular with parents and carers.

The club currently uses the school hall. It provides out-of-school care for children aged 4-16 years. Kool Club runs sessions Monday to Friday during term time and also 4 out of 6 weeks during the school summer holidays.

Friends of Alne School (FOAS) – Registered Charity No: 10722882

Alne Primary School has an active and well supported parent/teacher association which raises money for the benefit of the children. It also encourages closer links between home and school and is an excellent way to bring staff, parents, pupils and friends together socially in support of the school.

Some of the items to which FOAS has recently contributed include a library, minibus, sports kit, and music equipment.

 

Our children have access to the following:

Alne Preschool Playgroup – rated Outstanding by Ofsted (2017)

An independent preschool playgroup within the grounds of Alne Primary School, Alne Preschool Playgroup provides care for children aged between 2 and 5 years. They also provide a breakfast club, after school club and holiday provision which our children can access.

 

Staff Structure

There is no Deputy Headteacher; teachers take responsibility for subject leadership. We have 7 classes in school. There are 9 teachers with teams of 2 part-time teachers working in Reception and Year 3.

Each and every teacher has taken responsibility for leadership in a subject. We have 5 HLTAs (inc. 1 SEN), 1 ATA and 1 GTA, 2 school secretaries (1 FTE), 3 cooks, and 1 caretaker.

It should be noted that the Headteacher is expected to teach approximately 0.2. This is not envisaged as being class/subject specific and will depend on the skills and interests of the successful candidate and the needs of the school.

 

Current Strengths

  • Pupils are happy, eager to learn and empowered to contribute to all aspects of their education.

  • Dedicated, motivated and experienced staff team which is committed to a broad, creative curriculum.

  • The children, staff and governors embrace a growth mindset attitude to learning and are keen to tackle new ideas and challenges.

  • Supportive and engaged governors.

 

Current area needing improvement

  •   Not all progress or attainment is consistently outstanding.

 

Pupil achievement

 

 

 

Budgetary Position

Currently we have a deficit projected for 2018/2019.

 

Priorities

Working within the school’s vision, values and ethos, our focus will be on the improvement of progress and attainment, particularly for the lower and middle prior achievers. The successful candidate will have an immediate challenge with the projected budget deficit.

 

Our current school development priorities include the following:

  • Explore and develop greater learning and vocabulary of maths 
  • Establish and embed a Self-Organised Learning Environment (SOLE).

  • Improve writing outcomes through Play for Writing.

  • Develop a values and relationships education programme. 

 

Our work within the community

Our relationship with parents and carers is key to the children’s success. We communicate with parents and carers in a variety of ways including weekly class newsletters, curriculum evenings and regular parents’ evenings.

Our children are also very engaged with our local communities and the wider world. They raise money for charities such as Cancer Research, Jeans for Genes, and Children in Need. They distribute Harvest Festival parcels to local villagers and the Salvation Army in York.  They are also involved in Young Voices, faith week, forest schools, and various sporting activities including cross country, football, hockey, cricket, and swimming. There is an annual trip to see the pantomime in Harrogate and the school also attends events held at St Mary’s Church in Alne. FOAS enjoys the support not only of parents and carers but the local community at various fundraising events. 

 

Location

Approximately 4 miles south of Easingwold and 12 miles north of York our postcode is YO61 1RT. We benefit from excellent road links to the A19, A64 and A1/M1 as well as having access to fast, mainline rail routes.

Our children come to us from Alne and surrounding villages, all within a 5 mile radius. Children within the catchment area can travel by school bus.

 

For more information on Alne Village please go to: http://www.alnevillage.co.uk/

 

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