Marie Curtis Head Teacher Personal Statement

Graeme Lucas
Headteacher, Coates Lane Primary School

The performance management cycle for me starts in September really. During the first month of the academic year I sit down with all the teaching staff. We conduct a review of the previous year, if applicable. Have a look at their individual targets. Have a look at where we want to go in the next twelve months. We talk about their career progression, where they're up to. If there's any CPD they think they need in the next twelve months. We then look at the school development plan, school improvement plan. And try to tie individual targets into school improvement, including pupil related data targets. That then goes back to the teachers. They'll have a look at it, sign it off, and from there we then start to do the non-teaching staff's performance management. And in the past I've always done all of the meetings for every single member of staff, but me and my Deputy have recently made the decision that that's going to stop from now. So from a performance management point of view she's going to do performance management of all of the non-teaching staff and I'm just going to continue doing the teaching staff. That way it works, because in terms of classroom observations, which is the next stage of performance management, which usually happens in October before half- term. I get in, have a look at the teaching, work out their strengths, their weaknesses. And I think one of the important things when you're doing observations is for the focus to be really clear. So all of the teachers will know I want to watch a maths lesson, and the focus is on differentiation for able, gifted and talented for instance. From there we get written feedback and then we move into the next stage, which is book monitoring. So in the second half of the autumn term there's book monitoring, be it English or Maths, which goes on with myself or the English co-ordinator or the Maths co-ordinator, or a combination of the two. And it goes on on a termly basis. We get to the mid point in the term, we have a mid-point of the year sorry, and we have a sit down meeting again with me and the teachers and we talk about how they're getting on with the targets, how near are they to delivering the outcomes? Is there still more support they need? And we review the progress that the pupils are making at that point. And obviously if that's not going as well as it could do, then between us we concoct plans for those individual children who still aren't on target to achieve what they need to achieve by the end of the year. And then we get to the end and we review and we start all over again. It works because the teachers have great value on it. I'm really lucky with the staff that I have in that every single one of them, although they still, some of them don't like being observed obviously, they do recognise that there's a positive outcome from it and the feedback that they get is beneficial to them, because they all want to become better teachers so, so it works.

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I am very proud to be the Headteacher of Ash Grange Children’s Centre and Primary School.  It is my privilege to lead the staff and volunteers who make a real life changing difference to the children, parents/carers and community of Ash and beyond.

Our ethos is that the children, in all that they do, will embody these qualities: 

We Care, We Learn, We Shine. 

We Care about every child and foster this caring attitude in all that we do.  We teach children to care about themselves, others in school and those in the wider world.

We Learn. We want every child to achieve their potential, ensuring all have embedded the key skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening and maths when they leave primary school. Based on the Early Learning Goals and National Curriculum for Primary Schools learning is enriched through special events, visits and visitors. We believe passionately in educating the “whole child”, broadening children’s interests and developing skills so that they can excel, love learning and make ambitious choices for their lifelong learning and future.

We Shine. We want children to shine, every child is unique and we nurture this to allow them to shine and enjoy each day of school so that they live rich and full lives. We celebrate and recognise when children have made personal, class and school achievements. We expect children to take on responsibilities and have many special opportunities.  We are proud to support events and organisations in our community and the world.

Our vision statement is that:  “Children at Ash Grange Primary School will be active learners who take the important steps to achieve ambitious goals.

The values that underpin the teaching and learning experiences that all children will have are:

  1. Enriched learning experiences that will broaden children’s knowledge and understanding of the world.
  2. The development of effective communications and language skills so that children can be confident and powerful communicators.
  3. The development of physical, mental and emotional health.

We work in partnership with parents, through mutual valuing and respect, to support each child in their educational journey. We expect every parent to be fully involved in the life of the school and play their part in supporting the school and its aims. This website is full of useful information, if you would like a free copy of any document on the site or wish to arrange a mutually convenient appointment with me, please contact the school office. 

Yours faithfully,  
Mrs Marie Curtis
Headteacher

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