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SPRINGFIELD PRIMARY HISTORY AND BACKGROUND

Springfield Primary School is situated on a large spacious site next to Little Heath Secondary School with whom we have strong curricular and pastoral links.

Opened in 1969 (with just 38 children on roll at that time), Springfield Primary has grown and developed into a thriving school with a reputation for excellence. We currently have 334 pupils on roll, aged between 3 and 11 years of age.

Our aim is to encourage curiosity, interest and an enquiring mind, thereby stimulating a lifelong love of learning.

The school is housed in one building with access to a variety of play areas, including a fort, climbing equipment, a running track, a large field, plus several asphalt playgrounds. The extensive school grounds include a wooded environmental area, a ‘fairy den’, pond and the EYFS ‘Monkey do’ copse. The copse includes a fire pit which is used regularly for cooking and a range of wooden play equipment for imaginative play and the development of gross motor skills. We aim to incorporate many of the forest school principals into our teaching.

We have a fully resourced and highly stimulating Foundation Unit suited to our younger children, with access to a well-equipped outdoor learning environment. The EYFS outdoor area also includes a home for our chickens.

Children transfer from the Foundation Stage into Key Stage 1 which is well resourced and where children have fun learning. From here, they move into Key Stage 2 where we continue to prepare and equip all our children to meet the challenges of the future. We work alongside Little Heath and other secondary schools to ensure our children are well prepared for the next stage of their education.

SCHOOL AWARDS CHALLENGE AWARD

We were accredited with ‘The Challenge Award’ in April 2011 by NACE (National Association For Able Children in Education) The NACE Challenge Award is a prestigious award which provides a framework for whole-school self-evaluation and in-depth analysis of the provision for able, gifted and talented pupils. Schools can use the framework to benchmark the quality of their provision and can apply for external assessment.

The report from NACE highlighted positive strengths of the school these include:

"The culture of challenge is embedded across the school and informs everyday practice within and beyond the curriculum. The school is ambitious to be outstanding and is constantly seeking new ways to provide stretch and challenge through a rich and varied curriculum."

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