Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School

A Church of England school serving the Community since 1686

Headteacher: Mrs Nichola Russell
Telephone: 01924 303525
Address: Barnsley Road, Sandal, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 6AS

Diocese of Leeds
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‘Together we grow: Together we give’. Ezekiel 47:2

We are a school community and we are a family. We learn together, we support each other, we give our time, our kindness, our love and our compassion to those around us in our school and wider community. We help each other to be ourselves and to be proud of it and to grow in to the unique individuals we are, and as a result, we grow into the respectful and accepting community we all value so much- we are there for each other on each step of our journey.

Learning to read so we can read to learn and gain pleasure is at the heart of all areas of the curriculum. Early reading is therefore our first, foremost and central priority in school so all children are readers. Books are enjoyed and used across all curriculum areas as highly valued hooks, tools and a way of escaping in to other worlds, times, places and situations.

Sandal Castle Primary we view Inclusion as :

·a sense of belonging

·feeling respected

·feeling valued for who you are

·feeling a level of supportive energy and commitment so that we can do our best.

These gifts underpin the inclusive curriculum we offer, linking directly with SMSC, PSHE, RE, British Values, Christian Values and our commitment to the equality duty objectives

Sparks Nurture Group

Nurture groups are founded on evidence-based practices and offer a short-term, inclusive, focused intervention that works in the long term. Nurture groups are classes of between six and 12 children or young people in early years, primary or secondary settings supported by the whole staff group and parents. Each group is run by two members of staff. Children attend nurture groups but remain an active part of their main class group, spend appropriate times within the nurture group according to their need and typically return full time to their own class within two to four terms. Nurture groups assess learning and social and emotional needs and give whatever help is needed to remove the barriers to learning. There is great emphasis on language development and communication. Nothing is taken for granted and everything is explained, supported by role modelling, demonstration and the use of gesture as appropriate. The relationship between the two staff, always nurturing and supportive, provides a role model that children observe and begin to copy. Food is shared at ‘breakfast’ or ‘snack time’ with much opportunity for social learning, helping children to attend to the needs of others, with time to listen and be listened to.

As the children learn academically and socially they develop confidence, become responsive to others, learn self-respect and take pride in behaving well and in achieving. Nurture groups have been working successfully for more than 40 years in the UK and now in other countries including Canada, New Zealand and Romania, and have been praised, supported and recommended by organisations such as Ofsted, Estyn and HMIE

The Six Principles of Nurture are:

1. Children's learning is understood developmentally

2. The classroom offers a safe base

3. The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing

4. Language is a vital means of communication

5. All behaviour is communication

6. The importance of transition in children's lives


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Nurture and Forest School

Huddersfield University Partnership Conference - 4th July 2018

Our fantastic Inclusion Team are leading workshops for delegates at the Partnership Matters Conference with Dame Alison Peacock (Chartered College of Teaching).

Partnership Matters Conference 4.7.18

Inclusion Quality Mark - Awarded May 2018 (re accreditation April 2019)

Our 20 page report reflects the highly inclusive, nurturing nature of our school. The following quotes highlight the quality and impact of our Nurture provision;

''Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School is a remarkable and highly inclusive school. Every adult sounded a passionate and determined attitude to supporting the children of the school. The school community faces many challenges and yet the school is one that supports, welcomes and helps every child to progress. ''

Nurture Group Network North of England Conference

It was a privilege for our Nurture staff to be invited to present at the Nurture Group Network North of England Conference on the 28th September 2017.This was a fantastic opportunity to showcase and celebrate the success of SPARKS, support other practitioners and schools at the start of their nurture group journey's whilst also looking forward to the launch of our new KS1 nurture group provision due to launch within this academic year.

The impact of our Nurture provision can be clearly evidenced in a range of areas; Boxall scores, improved attendance. This is an emerging trend over 2 years of data analysis.

Attendance 16/17EntryJulyImprovement
Attendance 15'/16
Boxall 16/17
Average Diagnostic4.641.453.19
Average Developmental1.470.391.08
Boxall 15/16
Average Diagnostic4.1751.153.025
Average Developmental-1.59-0.06251.5275

World Kindness Day - 13th November 2017

Follow the link for our Y6 powerpoint Anti Bullying/World Kindness Day

Classes across school marked this important day last week and we used it as an opportunity to celebrate what kind children we have in school. In Year 2, Mrs Sinclair’s class demonstrated how they have a kind heart by showing kindness to each other in school. In Miss Harkin’s class in Year 3, children decided which kind acts amongst them could make a powerful potion for goodness. In Year 5, parents were asked to write in with examples of how their children were being kind and helpful at home and children were awarded a ‘Cool to be Kind’ certificate. In Year 6, children were engaged in discussions about the importance of kindness as one of the most important qualities we possess and in Mr Fox’s class, children hung their acts of kindness on display for all to see. Children across school truly recognise that being kind is one of the most beautiful things we can be. In Year 5, one of the children’s favourite quotes is:

A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

― Roald Dahl, The Twits

Year 2 - Kind Hearts. Year 5 - Cool to be Kind

Year 6 Friendship Tree Year 3 Kindness Spell

In Year 5 in RE when studying influential Buddhist principles, children whole-heartedly agreed with this:

1ES created a tree of kindness. Each leaf has something kind written/drawn on to show different ways we have been kind or can be kind. As a class they discussed the importance of always choosing kind - the right the thing to do. Both children and adults enjoyed the opportunity to reflect on what it means to be kind and how we could implement this to what we do everyday.

Books to celebrate kindness!!