Our School

Welcome to our school!

Thank you for showing an interest in our school. We hope the information provided on this page will give you a clear information about our school and its’ ethos.

Coads Green lies just to the east of Bodmin Moor in a beautiful area of countryside that is away from major centres and roads but within easy access of the North coast. Coads Green is a small village approximately seven miles from the historic town of Launceston. Our  primary school is set within the community.

We are very proud of our school and are constantly striving to improve the facilities that are available to the staff, pupils and parents. Our classrooms are well resourced and provide stimulating learning environments for our pupils.

Our latest OFSTED inspection recognised our strengths in pastoral care and the significant contribution pupils make to school life.

“Teachers promote and develop very supportive relationships with the pupils. They make sure pupils are safe at all times. Children enjoy being together and behave well. Their positive attitudes enrich their learning as they play and work supportively together.” OFSTED October 2014.

Class Structure

We have four mixed age classes:

Caterpillars is our part time pre-school with children able to join us from the age of three years. Our Reception children also share/access the pre-school setting to ensure they have their full entitlement to the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

Pupils in years one and two are in Class 1, Class 2 has a mix of years three and four and Class 3 has years five and six.

Curriculum

We have spent a considerable amount of time reviewing our school curriculum to ensure it is in line with the new National Curriculum which became statutory in September 2014. We are confident that it inspires and motivates our pupils to learn. Our curriculum is wide and varied enabling our pupils to develop academically and creatively by being active in their own learning and developing and acquiring skills and knowledge that will equip them for life beyond the primary school. Educational visits are accessed for the children to support and extend their learning.

Modern technology, such as interactive whiteboards, laptops and IPads are used to support and extend learning and the children have access to talking books, webcams and digital cameras. Our school library is well resourced and the “Micro Librarian” system allows the children to access a wide range of reading material with a thumbprint!

Outdoor learning is a strength of the school – the children participate in “Forest Schooling” and gardening.

Although we are a small school, we pride ourselves on the number and range of extra- curricular activities we are able to afford the children.  After school provision is reviewed every term and has included clubs such as hockey, art, gardening, computing, netball, board games and cross stitch. Breakfast Club is available every morning from 7.45am.

Many of our pupils access specialist music lessons which include guitar, keyboard and saxophone.

We are proud to have achieved a number of awards such as Healthy Schools, Active Mark, Artsmark Gold, The FA School Charter Standard, International School and Platinum RTime. These recognise the hard work and commitment of the staff, governors and pupils.

Coads Green Primary School takes Safeguarding very seriously. The staff are vigilant in all areas of safety; risk assessments are regularly carried out and all staff have had relevant training in Child protection.

Our school building and grounds.

Access to the community village hall, adjacent field and play park allows us a wonderful opportunity to use extended spaces for playtimes, lunchtimes, assemblies and PE.

As part of our School Development work, considerable changes to the interior of the school have been made and we are very proud of the space within the school. Our classrooms are light and airy and provide stimulating learning environments for the staff and pupils. Smaller teaching spaces are available to facilitate small group and individual learning.

A current priority is the reorganisation and development of the school grounds, this will further enhance opportunities for our pupils to learn in the outdoors.

Our curriculum

Our curriculum is reviewed regularly to ensure the pupils learn through meaningful and relevant curriculum themes.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Our children begin school in the Foundation Stage and are taught through the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, which enables them to have the best possible start in life and fulfil their potential. Many of our pupils join us form the age of three years, attending the pre-school that is integral to Coads Green School. The children are taught through a themed approach that promotes the importance of play both indoors and outdoors. The six areas of learning are equally important  and depend on one another to support a rounded approach to child development.

Years 1-6

When a child reaches the end of the EYFS they are able to access the National Curriculum.

Our curriculum fulfils statutory requirements. Through creativity and innovation, all our pupils become well equipped in a range of vital skills, encouraging them to become lifelong learners. Our pupils have regular access to professionals with particular expertise. Recent examples have included a  Physical Education specialist, Daya and the CREATE company. We pride ourselves in our resourcefulness and provide the children with exciting and innovative resources to support all areas of the curriculum.

Good relationships with local businesses enable us to draw on a wide range of experiences.

Educational trips and visits are regularly organised to support pupil’s understanding of the curriculum content. Recent trips have included The Eden Project, The Theatre Royal, Newquay Zoo and Adrenaline Quarry.

We pride ourselves on striving for high quality in everything we do. Particular strengths in Physical Education, the Arts and supporting pupils’ emotional health and wellbeing have been recognised by external awards. We have been a Cornish Healthy School since 2005.

We have made and maintain strong links with our partner school, Agola Primary School in Uganda.

“Staff promote the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development effectively. For example through assemblies where themes such as tolerance are explored.” OFSTED October 2014

Events and celebrations

We hold regular Celebration Assemblies to reward and celebrate our pupils achievements and hold curriculum events when we invite our parents and friends to share and celebrate our work. These have recently included an open morning.

Information evenings for parents are held on a regular basis. Recent evenings have focussed on supporting reading.

Extra curricular provision

Although we are a small school we are proud to offer a wide and varied programme of extracurricular activities. Changes are made to our provision according to the season and our pupil’s interests. Current clubs include choir, athletics and hockey. Many of our parents and ex pupils support the delivery of our extracurricular clubs – we are always on the lookout for more willing volunteers!

Daily Breakfast club is available to pupils from 7.45am.

Our place within the community

Although we are not a church school, we have developed strong links with the adjacent Methodist Chapel.

Strong links have been established with the Village Hall.

We use many local organisations to support and extend our children’s educational experiences and have become partners in the North Hill Community Litter Project.

 

Governors

Our Governors work tirelessly to support the school. They meet regularly as a Governing body to drive School Improvement and Development. There is also a planned programme of monitoring and involvement with the school.

Parents, Teachers and Friends

We are fortunate to have an active and committed Parents, Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA) that works hard to provide fund raising events for the school. Many resources have been purchased by the PTFA including reading resources and a play trail in the playground.
Sporting Links

Regular taster sessions, festivals and competitions are provided by Callington Community College, through our ARENA membership and  Launceston College. We “signpost” pupils who demonstrate an interest in or talent for particular sports. Pupils have the opportunity to represent their school in cross country and athletics competitions.

Pupil voice

We regard pupil voice as vitally important in the development and improvement of our school. Regular pupil conferencing is held with staff and governors to ensure pupils views and opinions are sought.

Our School Council hold the Gold PADL award and independently organise school events and fundraising.

Eco Warriors play an active part in monitoring recycling and energy saving.