Great Binfields Primary School
Hampshire, United Kingdom
About Great Binfields Primary School
About Our School
Great Binfields Primary is a forward-thinking school committed to developing successful and confident learners through an enriching and integrated curriculum. The school has a reputation for being inclusive and supporting the needs of all. Teachers use the immediate, local and extended environment to support learning and encourage a pride in the school and its achievements. Ofsted rated the school as Good with Outstanding features in 2009. As a result of pupil assessment results the school received an interim assessment statement in 2013.
Situated on the borders of Chineham and Lychpit, we serve a predominantly white British population. There is a mix of owner occupied and social housing and the locality includes a District Shopping Centre along with landscape woodland and leisure facilities.
Currently Great Binfields is a one form entry school with a temporary PAN in Year R 2013/2014 of 60. It is envisaged that due to housing expansion in Basingstoke this PAN will continue, in due course creating a two form entry primary school and associated building expansion in keeping with the current construction. Classes are currently organised as discrete year groups in KS1 and vertical grouping in KS2.
The school has a resource provision for Visual Impairment; this is staffed by a full-time qualified teacher and has as many as 9 support assistants serving pupil need. These pupils are fully integrated into classroom practice whilst being given the opportunity to develop personal skills that can support their disabilities. In total the school has 11 pupils with statutory assessments (7 for Visual Impairment). About 7% of pupils have English as an additional language.
At present there are two Assistant Headteachers with responsibilities associated to
management and KS practice. One is non-class based and supports SEN and some of the PPA provision within the school. The Leadership Team also includes the Visual Impairment Resource Manager, the TLR2 post holder and two other TLR3 post holders.
Support staff make a significant contribution to school practice. Currently there are 18 experienced LSA’s and an additional qualified teacher 0.3 providing intervention and support programmes. It should be noted that a number of children (10) require 1:1 support. The office staff are highly effective and also make a significant contribution towards the running of the school. Site management is supported by a staff of three and the school is well maintained.
The school has a supportive PTA which co-ordinates regular events throughout the year raising funds that are utilised for the benefit of all pupils.
The linked secondary school is Costello School which has a dedicated liaison teacher creating an effective transition for KS2 to KS3.
At Great Binfields all achievements are celebrated whether big or small, academic or
other. Children with VII and other complex needs are an important part of the school
and are fully integrated in the life of the school wherever possible.
We pride ourselves in promoting independence in all children. Children with a visual
impairment are encouraged to be as independent as possible in all areas of their lives. We teach life and mobility skills which are essential in their daily lives.
The school is a purpose-built, award-winning building which opened in 2001. It houses 7 semi-open plan classrooms, a music room, ICT suite, a pupil kitchen along with a large hall and associated work areas for all staff. This is further complemented by a two classroom modular unit that is fully equipped and serviced. The Headteacher’s office was extended in 2007 to create a small conference area and create a workroom for teaching staff.
The external grounds are landscaped and incorporate an environmental woodland complete with trails, a pond and sound posts, as well as play courts and field areas. These areas have additional sculptures, seating and an adventure trail.
Curriculum and Learning
There is a strong embedded vision for learning which is led by the current Headteacher and shared by all stakeholders. The school aims to develop confident and responsible learners that can achieve success in their future, whatever their strengths. The school is committed to valuing and developing learning attributes, such as independence along with academic skills.
The school curriculum is based upon a thematic approach to learning where real links and connections are made between subjects so that children can make sense of their learning. Enrichment opportunities are highly valued and the school makes good use of these.
The school is committed to a ‘Rights Respecting’ approach and endorses this at all levels.