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Heronswood Primary school is situated on the outskirts of Kidderminster, in the middle of Spennells Valley; right at the heart of the community.  There has been a school on this site since Spennells First School originally opened in 1981.  In September 2007, as part of the Wyre Forest review, Heronswood Primary School opened.  In October 2014 Heronswood converted to an academy and joined The Rivers MAT.

 


Our school and Pre-School caters for children aged between 3 to 11 from Spennells Valley and the surrounding areas.  We currently have almost three hundred children who attend the school and a further 50 children registered in our Pre-School. 

 

There are 12 classes across our school from Pre-School up to Year 6.  On average we have 45 children in each year group but this was increased to 60 children in September 2014; to meet the increased demands for places in the local area.  This increase will,  gradually over time, enable all of our classes to be pure year groups and there will no longer be the need for mixed year group classes. 

 

The school day starts at 8:35am where our children go straight into their classes, from the playground, into an Earlybird activity.  This activity is personalised to the needs of individual children in the class.  For some it might be practicing a skill they have yet to master, for others it might be recapping something from the previous day and for others it might be about reflecting on previous learning and looking for ways to improve and further their learning. 

 

This is one of the main reasons why our children need to be in school on time every day.

 

School finishes at 3:15pm for all children but we don’t expect their learning to end at this point.  To ensure our children have the very best start in life we need parents to embark in a learning partnership with us.  To help children reach their full potential we need parental support in helping children to complete their homework, their spellings, their reading, their times tables, their number bonds, their projects and any other additional tasks.  Look out for the ‘Unlocking Learning’ symbol on the Class Pages and in the Parent Info section.

 

 

 

We believe that when children have a true, emotional connection with their learning that they will make the most amount of progress and achieve the highest standards. As part of our learning ethos we encourage our children to be independent thinkers; within the supportive environment of their classrooms. 

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The teachers and teaching assistants at Heronswood are a highly dedicated group of people, who want to ensure that all the children in their care are looked after to the very best of their abilities.  The team is very friendly and approachable and most importantly enjoy working with children. 

At Heronswood we feel that it is important that our children have a voice and because of this we have our own School Council which is made up of one child from each class.

The main role of the Governing Body is to provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. 

At Heronswood Primary School we are very proud of every one of our children and we want them to develop to their full potential academically and socially, so that they can become responsible and caring adults in their later lives.

Please click on the PDF link below to see a list of our current Governance Responsibilities within the Rivers Academy Trust.

Please click on the PDF link below to see a list of our current Governance Terms of Reference.

Please click on the PDF link below to see a list of our current Governors and their attendance at meetings.

At the beginning of July 2014, Mr Sims our HMI returned for his third monitoring visit.  We are delighted to announce that during this inspection Mr Sims judged us to be a Good school.   Below you will find a few comments which have been taken from our full Ofsted report.

If you would like to arrange a visit to Heronswood Primary School or Pre-School then please contact Mrs Howles in the school office.  If you need to arrange a meeting with your child's class teacher then please contact the school office by phone or email to arrange an appointment.

Pupil Premium is additional Government funding given to schools in England to help raise the attainment of pupils with potentially increased vulnerability by developing strategies to close the learning gap with their peers and to eliminate any disparity in attainment.

Heronswood Primary School has joined The Rivers CofE Multi-Academy Trust to form the first Multi Academy Trust in Worcestershire.

At Heronswood we believe in providing children with a broad, balanced curriculum which both provides first hand experiences and builds on children’s prior knowledge. Through our creative curriculum we develop children’s abilities, interests and potential in order to prepare them for the next stage in their lives. We use a broad range of teaching strategies that take into account the ways in which children learn in order to foster engagement, motivation and creativity.

The curriculum at Heronswood Primary is underpinned by the National Curriculum (2014) and we enhance this further with carefully planned opportunities that make up the wider school curriculum.

As a school we start to teach early phonics in Pre-School, helping children to discriminate between sounds.

Once your child has mastered the basics of phonics, a whole world of reading starts to open up to them!

Below you will find the learning objectives that your child is aiming to achieve by the end of their year group. 

Ask your child if they have been a good learner?

We help children to reflect on their learning by linking it to the following behaviours:

Your child will get a foundation in literacy through communication and language activities such as role play, listening exercises, guided reading, focused writing groups and show and tell.

Children in the Reception classes will begin to learn about numbers and how to work with them in basic calculations.

Throughout Heronswood British Values along with Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC) plays an important role in the development of our children becoming kind, caring and thoughtful citizens. 

The following can help to provide support and guidance to parents and carers with children in EYFS (Pre-School and Reception)

Below you will find the learning objectives that your child is currently working on. 

Schools with primary-age pupils receive PE and Sport Premium funding based on the number of pupils in Years One to Six.  Currently at Heronswood Primary we receive £8,000 plus an additional payment of £5 per pupil.  The money has been provided to enable schools to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.