West Croft recognised by Minister of State for Schools
West Croft is to be awarded £1,000 in recognition of our SAT results in July 2014 (click on link to see results)
David Laws, Minister of State for Schools, has written to staff, governors, parents and pupils for their hard work in making West Croft one of the most improved schools in the country for the progress and attainment of its disadvantaged pupils. (To read the letter, please clink on this link).
The award was in response to the progress and achievement of our pupils eligible for free school meals over the past three years. In 2014, while the achievement gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged children nationally has remained broadly the same, at West Croft, our free school meals pupils made better than expected progress than non-disadvantaged pupils nationally and in line with our non-disadvantaged pupils who also performed better than similar schools nationally.
Once again we are very proud of all our children's achievements and wish to pass on again our thanks to you, the parents, for supporting our vision to provide a primary education for the community that enables our children to make choices about their futures.
This has also been reported in the North Devon Journal. Click here to read their article on our achievement.
West Croft Junior School and Pynes Infant School and Nursery Proposed Federation
The Governors of Pynes Infants and Nursery and West Croft Junior School are proposing to form a federation.
Enjoy Learn Achieve
Welcome to Our School - Mr A Brierley - Head Teacher
Enjoy, Learn, Achieve:
our aims for your child
Our vision is simple: we want all our children to enjoy their time at West Croft. Think of your own learning and you will probably find that your most memorable learning came from an experience you enjoyed. It's the same for the children: a child who enjoys school is more likely to learn. With learning comes achievement. Please note that this is not the same as attainment: attainment is competitive, achievement is improvement on personal best.
We set high expectations of our pupils because we want our children to achieve and because we want to equip them with the necessary life skills to make decisions and take control of their own destinies in the 'real world'. We want our children to steer their own path through life, not have their lives determined by others.
Teaching and Learning
At West Croft we encourage children to talk about their learning to and with adults and their peers: if you can articulate your thoughts you are more able to write them down clearly. We place great value on teaching through guided learning: the teacher working with small groups to correct misconceptions and provide support and challenge. Sometimes this work can take place outside the class with a Teaching Assistant or one-to-one teacher.
We set whole school targets for Literacy and Numeracy. These give children a clear focus for their learning and a clear sense of achievement.
The Hisory of West Croft Junior School
Built originally in 1958, the school benefits from a spacious, well-equipped hall from which the main building rooms extend. Our building ensures ample, effective teaching space. Classrooms are of a generous size and are well appointed. There are also additional areas for group study and a Library.
The school is situated in pleasant grounds. The playground and field areas are large. We have a small arboretum and attractive areas for environmental studies, including our own pond.
Pynes Infants and Nursery is on the adjacent site. This allows the children to move safely between schools whenever necessary and facilitates liaison, but as each school has a small age range we can concentrate our resources. This enables us both to produce a very effective, well-linked curriculum, combining the assets of both schools.