Welcome to our Annual Report to Parents for 2022/2023. The purpose of this report is to keep you informed regarding developments in school and let you know a little about the work of the Governing Body. Acton School aspires to achieve it's vision of having ‘Happy, Respectful, Inspired Achievers’. Annually, we evaluate our progress from the previous academic year and set aspirational targets for improvement. The Governors take responsibility for supporting the school with these developments and challenging their progress and outcomes.
It remains for us to thank each one of you, on behalf of the Staff and Governors, for your continued support.
Our School Aims for 2022 - 2023
To aspire to the shared school vision: ‘Happy, Respectful, Inspired Achievers'.
To establish a happy atmosphere with pupils’ well-being a priority, where children are eager to learn and are aspiring towards our school values: ready, safe and respectful.
To provide the optimum in quality of learning and teaching to ensure lifelong learning skills.
To equip the children with Literacy, Numeracy and ICT skills to prepare them for their next stages of learning.
To foster a friendly open relationship with parents and the community ensuring teachers and parents work together for the benefit of the children.
Governing Body Composition in 2022/2023
Joanna Grundy (John Roberts) - Headteacher
Aaron Perrin - Parent Governor. Chair of Governors.
Cllr William Baldwin - Local Authority.
Sue Lloyd - Teacher Governor.
Deri Jones - Teacher Governor.
Diane Millington - Staff Governor.
Sarah Dutton-Hughes - Parent Governor.
Samantha Hughes - Parent Governor.
Julie Moss - Community Governor.
Rev. Jonathan Smith - Community Governor.
Jayne Rogers - Community Governor.
Philip Lloyd - Additional Community Governor.
Russell Jones - Parent Governor
Helen Wright - Local Authority Governor
Jayne Underwood - Clerk to the Governing Body
Acton Park Primary School is an English medium school for pupils aged three to eleven. In September 2022, there were 342 children on roll, including 137 in the Infant department and 205 in the junior department. 15 of these children were taught within our resourced provision classes, 5 within the infants and 10 in the juniors. 5% (17 children) had additional learning needs and have identified targets or additional provision. 23% of full-time learners were entitled to free-school meals.
Full wrap-around care, including Early Entitlement, Nursery Plus, After-School and Holiday Provision continued to be a strong feature of our school provision. Acton Childcare, who run our onsite facility, also continued to offer pre-school provision for children aged between two and three. This provision supports families and staff with developing relationships and builds effective transition opportunities prior to the children starting their learning journey in school.
During the academic year 2022/2023, our children were taught in whole class and both mixed and ability groupings. Small group support and extension tasks were provided by both the teacher and teaching assistants as well as by specialist support staff. Additional staff were employed to support children to further develop their literacy and numeracy skills.
Using the children's prior attainment as a starting point, differentiated learning opportunities continued to be carefully planned both in and outside of the classroom. A range of real-life, authentic contexts for learning were employed in order to engage and challenge our children, and maximise their learning potential.
Changes have been made to the curriculum in Wales. Children are at the heart of curriculum reform, and all schools will be exploring ways to focus their curriculum on the 4 core purposes for education that help children to be:
Ambitious and Capable Learners who are ready to learn throughout their lives.
Enterprising and Creative Contributors who are ready to play a full part in life and work.
Ethical and Informed Citizens of Wales and the world.
Healthy, Confident Individuals ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.
At the conclusion of their educational journey at Acton Park Primary School, many of our children attend our feeder secondary school: Rhosnesni High School. A number of children also transfer to Darland High School, with small numbers also attending Penley, St. Joseph's Catholic High School and The King's School in Chester.
Our goal for the 2022 - 2023 academic year focused on leaner well-being, improving the children's literacy skills, with a focus upon their reading skills and implementing new tracking and assessment procedures. We prioritised improving our learning environment and making effective use of our outdoor learning spaces.
Curriculum for Wales
School continued to prioritise the development of its curriculum planning and organisation; finding real and authentic contexts for learning. Linking and building upon children's prior learning experiences was keen to building their skills and ensuring progression.
Online learning platforms
Great importance is placed on the ability to show children's work in a variety of ways and through the medium of ICT / online learning they are able to do this. The use of SeeSaw and Google Classroom is a common thread throughout the school, with SeeSaw being used in Foundation Phase and both Seesaw and Google Classroom in KS2. Both classwork and home learning work are put on these platforms.
Extra Curricular Activities
Craft club: Art, design and craft in Foundation Learning and Key Stage 2.
Choir: Foundation Phase children have the opportunity to participate in mini-choir; learning and rehearsing seasonal songs for performance. Our well-established junior choir perform at assemblies/services, as well giving public performances at local schools, church and community events.
Football: A selected squad competes in local league and cup competitions as well as entering 5-a-side tournaments. “Pro Skills Soccer” provides training sessions for younger pupils on the school field.
Netball: Pupils compete in a local league, area and county tournaments.
Tag Rugby: Upper Key Stage 2 children enjoy learning new skills and strategies to participate in fun and competitive games.
Many other clubs also operate for different aged pupils at set times throughout the year. We also have a number of external providers who operate clubs including Theatre Train, Pro Skills Soccer and Delta Dance.