Belvoirdale Community Primary School
1. Contents page
2. Basic School Information
3. School Ethos, Vision and Aims
4. Staffing and Curriculum Information
5. Special Needs & Pupil Support
6. Our School
7. Pride and achievement
8. Additional Information ‘What Children Say about Belvoirdale’
Basic School Information
Belvoirdale Primary School
School Telephone Number:
Acting Headteacher (to
Miss N.M. Lenton
School Fax Number:
Head Teacher (from 1/1/12)
01530-815593 Anne Bufton-McCoy
School E-mail Address: Chair of Interim Executive
email@example.com Mrs. Rosemary Baker
School Website Address: L.A.:Leicestershire
Key Facts and Statistics:
Type of School Junior
Age Range 4 – 11 years
Location Coalville, Leicestershire
Number of pupils 271
School Ethos, Vision and Aims
At Belvoirdale Primary school we want our children to be both individually and
collectively successful. We realise that our main purpose is to develop their
academic abilities: to be numerate, literate and access, through a cross curricular
approach, all areas of the National curriculum; to be able to communicate clearly and
confidently in a range of medias including I.C.T.
We also believe it is our role to develop their personal qualities: to be independent,
resourceful, self-disciplined, hard working, confident, creative and
persevering. We want them to show ambition to achieve their full potential and to
realise what their potential is: to be self-confident and proud of their achievements
and their attributes.
Underpinning this is the need to develop their sense of morality, sportsmanship and
respect for all: to know the difference between right and wrong and to develop the
strength to choose the correct action in terms of bullying, stealing, cruelty and
dishonesty. We want each child to develop a sense of awareness of themselves as
an individual; to be sensitive to their own and others thoughts, feelings and emotions
and to be developing a sense of their identity in society.
As children leave Belvoirdale Primary School, they will:-
1. Achieve their potential, both individually and as part of a team.
2. Be literate, numerate and communicative whilst being confident in the
application of these skills across the whole curriculum, to the best of their
3. Understand and be able to apply I.C.T. skills across the whole curriculum in
a confident manner that aids learning.
4. Have developed an awareness of the wider world through a broad
5. Have learnt to concentrate, listen and respond positively to their learning.
6. Be an independent learner, ready to accept challenges and think creatively,
whilst being encouraged to take sensible risks and problem solve.
7. Feel pride in themselves and their work, be aware of their potential and
have a positive outlook on life and how to improve.
8. Be cheerful, confident and enjoy learning.
9. Show consideration and respect for others, their property, their beliefs and
10. Be punctual, polite, well mannered, enthusiastic and motivated and
make informed decisions based on these.
11. Value education, experiences and the opportunities they offer.
“Education and Enjoyment, hand in hand.”
Children working closely with our excellent staff.
We have an excellent and very well motivated staff who work extremely hard to
ensure we deliver the best education we possibly can. The teaching staff work very
closely with each other and develop a wide range of interesting, challenging and
relevant lessons to motivate and encourage all children. Within each classroom
there is a Class Teacher and a Learning Support Assistant, who again work very
closely with one another to meet the needs of all the pupils.
We have 11 classes, 11 teachers, 18 teaching support staff and 16.8 other members
of staff. This is to meet all the educational, health, social and emotional needs of
approximately 281 children. Each year we accept around 45 new children into our
Foundation Stage and the school is currently heavily oversubscribed.
Our current management team consists of an Executive Head, Acting Headteacher,
Acting Deputy Head and 2 Assistant Head teachers and a senior teaching assistant
who manages support staff. It is a team that has high ambitions and expectations of
the school and its pupils.
We have recently appointed a new Head, Anne Bufton-McCoy who will be joining the
School in January 2012. The IEB is looking forward to supporting Anne in
addressing the issues identified in the full Ofsted report and leading the school out of
We work closely with many external agencies including Special Needs, English as an
Additional Language Services and Speech and Language. These experts and
specialists work with our staff to set up specific programmes of work aimed to
develop the child’s inclusion, achievement and progress.
The School Curriculum
The curriculum of the school is based very heavily on the Government’s National
curriculum of nine different subjects together with Religious Education incorporating
the associated strategies of Numeracy and Literacy. We adapt these to meet the
needs of the children within our school and their changing requirements. We also
adapt these Government strategies according to the changing initiatives set by them.
Our basic aim is to try to make the curriculum relevant, enjoyable and creative for the
pupils whilst ensuring their basic skills make good progress.
Each subject is taught as either a discrete subject or as part of a cross-curricular
topic. The core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and I.C.T. have a greater
emphasis and are taught weekly. The foundation subjects of Geography, History,
Art, Music, Modern Foreign Language (French) and Design & Technology are usually
taught as blocks of work over a few weeks or during specialist weeks such as French
Week. P.E. is a vital part of the curriculum that we encourage all children to
participate in fully and to enjoy both as a means to develop themselves and as a
competitive part of the curriculum. We extend this through many clubs and
workshops. Swimming is taught from years 2 through to 6 every year in blocks of
around 7 weeks.
Finally we teach, often through discussion, SEAL, circle time and assemblies Health
Education, Multi-Cultural Education and Personal and social Education. These areas
are aimed at developing the whole child to become a successful, confident and
respected member of society.
As a requirement of the Education Reform Act 1988, Religious Education is provided
for all pupils at Belvoirdale in accordance with the Leicestershire agreed syllabus. It
is taught within a series of themes which are also closely matched to the school
Acts of Worship
The school is required by law to ensure that all children attend an act of worship each
day. These are broadly Christian in nature and also stress the values of the school.
Parents wishing to withdraw their child from the acts of worship or religious education
may do so by arrangement with the head.
Sex Education is part of the National Curriculum and it is mainly covered within the
areas of science and health education. In the infant classes this involves the children
learning about the rates of human growth, being able to name the parts of the body,
personal hygiene and safety and appreciating that all people are different. By the
time the children have left for the high school they have begun to understand what
physical, emotional and social changes they can expect as they enter puberty; know
the basic biology of human reproduction and have been made aware of the social
and moral aspects of growing up. A detailed policy statement is available for any
parents who require further information.
Special Needs and Pupil Support
The school has a detailed policy for the identification, teaching and monitoring of
children with special educational needs. This begins when they first enter school
where an assessment is made which in part is used to give any early indication of
children with special needs. Within the first eighteen months of their schooling,
children showing signs of needing special attention will have been assessed.
Depending upon the results, the school may make a variety of responses. At all
stages parents are informed and consulted.
This process forms part of our overall assessment and record keeping process which
is based on “Every Child Matters” principles of each child has their own individual
needs which can and do change from day to day, week to week and term to term. It
is our belief that through close academic and social monitoring of the children we can
promote the best learning environment for each child to succeed in. If we have
serious concerns we involve external agencies to assess, support and teach the pupil
and as a school we thus develop our whole expertise.
Sometimes children will require extra and additional support which the school
delivers in a variety of ways; 1:1 support, group teaching, a special programme of
work or withdrawal sessions with specific members of trained staff. These measures
are overseen by our Special Needs Co-ordinator Mrs. Casson. Again parents can
discuss, are informed about and can be consulted on the progress and type of work
their child is undertaking. Please ask for more details about this area if you feel it is
At Belvoirdale School we have a high level of staffing and this is a deliberate policy
so that we can maximise the teaching and learning potential of the classroom. Each
class has a dedicated teacher and a specific Learning Support Assistant; these are
then supported by extra staff who target particular pupils as stated in the Special
Needs Section. We then assist all these staff by seeking expert advice from external
agencies such as Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists and
School Nurse. At the more able end of the spectrum we support pupils in class and
with specific programmes of work in the Spring and Summer Terms.
We run a range of clubs including football, gymnastics, multi-sports, cross country,
athletics, cricket, choir, recorders, mountain bikes and karate depending on the time
Each of these extra sessions last between 30 and 45 minutes and take place during
the children's lunch break or after school. We have worked with local experts
coaching the children in various team games, including football, cricket, rugby and
Most of these clubs have an element of performing be it in matches, races or in
assemblies where we celebrate their success to the rest of the children.
The aim of all these clubs is to develop the physical and emotional part of the child
and give them the confidence to have a go and become independent.
Our school is a busy, lively and interesting place to come and learn. Our teachers
are enthusiastic, committed and dedicated to achieving the best for all pupils in the
school’s care. Our pupils are honest, bold, confident and challenging as well as
being keen to improve and make the most of their talents. Our parents are
supportive and pro-active in the main to ensure their child is happy at school and
making progress in their education.
Here are a few things the people say about the school:
“I like school because we do fun things in class.” year 3 pupil.
“It’s so nice to see uniform and smartness is still important.” prospective parent.
“The children were so well behaved and listened really well.” visiting speaker from
“The school is calm, organised and has a nice feel to it.” School Development
Belvoirdale Primary School is striving to improve all the time and understands it is not
perfect but does do a lot of things well. It wants to provide an interesting
environment to learn in, a creative curriculum to learn through and pupils who are
well rounded, happy and confident. We think our school is special so come and have
Pride and Achievement
Good Work Assemblies:
We hold a Good Work Assembly every Friday morning where children are presented
with certificates, prizes, awards and medals for success in a range of school activities
e.g. Sports, good work, good improvement, behaviour, helpfulness and being part of
a team. Each week a class is awarded Class of the Week and they are able to
choose an award or activity to celebrate this success.
At the end of the academic year a year 2 and year 6 pupil are awarded special prizes
for their personal achievement across their school years. These are recorded on
trophies and in the main reception area. There are also awards for helping across
the year, special awards for progress and development, non-academic success and
We have a School Council made up from children from all classes year 2 upwards.
This meets every 2-3 weeks to discuss specific issues and raise particular queries.
They have helped develop a child friendly version of the Anti-bullying policy and
helped the school work towards achieving enhanced Healthy School status.
We are very pleased and proud that the school has managed to attract several large
grants to improve the facilities around the school. These improvements will ensure
that out-of-class time is spent more creatively and productively. We will also be
extending the school in the coming year.
We are looking forward to our new headteacher joining us in January 2012 and the
appointment of a deputy headteacher who will work closely with her to ensure that
our school continues to improve and provide the very best for your child.
We are proud of every single one of our pupils irrespective of their abilities, nature,
race, religion or sex; they are all worthy of praise and the best start in life that we can
give them and that is what everyone at Belvoirdale is aiming to achieve.
If you require further information about the school’s holiday timetable, Ofsted
report, events and activities then go to our website
What children say about
Belvoirdale School …
“I like Belvoirdale because the school is
welcoming and I have a lot of friends here.”
“The teachers are very friendly and the work is
“In the morning, you always want to come to
“If you have any problems the teachers always
listen and sort it out.”
“The work is very fun, creative and adventurous.”
“The lessons aren’t boring they are always a lot of
“We are a healthy, happy school.”
With thanks to Bradley, Joe, Jackson, Eleanor, Jess
Belvoirdale Community Primary School
Scotlands Road, Coalville, Leicestershire NOR: 271
Substantive Headteacher January 2012:
Mrs Anne Bufton-McCoy
Group 3 ISR 9-13
Required for January 2012
Our School was placed in Special Measures in November 2010 and has been working hard
ever since to bring about improvement. During our recent monitoring visit it was felt that we
were an improving School.
We are seeking to appoint a Deputy Headteacher, who is:
able to demonstrate experience in leading and motivating staff teams
committed to whole school improvement and raising standards
an outstanding classroom practitioner who can lead by example
prepared to work with the Head and Interim Executive Board to assist with the
strategic direction for the school
keen to develop new initiatives and has very high expectations
committed to engaging and motivating pupils through exciting learning opportunities
a good communicator who is able to engage, motivate and support pupils, staff and
parents with flair and sensitivity
enthusiastic, determined and has a sense of humour
We can offer you:
an opportunity to work in an improving school, with children who are eager to learn
and a dedicated, supportive, hard working staff
a strong commitment to your professional development
an effective Interim Executive Board
Visits to the school are encouraged and can be arranged by calling the Executive
Headteacher, Natalie Packer on 07730 438096.
Visit us at: www.belvoirdale.leics.sch.uk
Further details and an application pack are available from
School Recruitment Team, Employee Service Centre, Eastern Annexe, County Hall,
Glenfield, Leicester LE3 8SR.
Tel: 0116 305 8815 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications is Friday 7 October 2011
Interview selection days are Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 October 2011
The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and this post
is subject to an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check.