Vision and values

At Saltford C of E Primary School we believe anything is possible. We keep children as the focus of everything we do.

Our aims and ethos

We know that children have the right to be provided with a creative, innovative and exciting education that will inspire them to become lifelong learners who are enthusiastic and proud of everything they do. We want every child to excel in all aspects of their learning within an immersive, imaginative, expressive and inclusive environment. We want children to become confident discoverers, explorers and creators who live our Christian values.

We keep children as the focus of everything we do.

We aim to

  • become a unique school which meets the needs of the twenty-first century child
  • support and challenge children so that they become happy, engaged and independent learners
  • ensure children are leaders of their own learning to satisfy their natural curiosity
  • ensure children receive a creative, immersive and innovative education
  • be a truly inclusive school where children have the same opportunities to excel in their learning
  • be an effective team
  • live our core Christian values of kindness, honesty and respect in everything we do
  • inspire new learning and create awe and wonder
  • provide a rich and purposeful learning environment
  • develop effective relationships with families and the community
  • be the best that we can be.

We encapsulated our aims in a letter to future pupils that was buried in a time capsule in the new building.

Our core values

  • Respect
  • Honesty
  • Kindness

Our Vision and Values document can be found here and our Vision, Values and Mission statement here.

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Contact us

School

We are always pleased to hear from you in person, by email, phone or post. Our office staff will be pleased to answer most of your questions but will also be able to direct any specific enquiries to the relevant member of staff, including our Headteacher, Mrs Dawn Sage.

Claverton Road
Saltford
Bristol BS31 3DW

Tel: 01225 872185 

email: contactus@saltfordschool.org.uk

Please do not use email to report absences; you should phone school before 9am.

If you have a child with special educational needs, you can contact our Inclusion Leader, Mrs Godwin, by emailing senco@saltfordschool.org.uk.

Safeguarding

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs Sage and our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Godwin. Full details on our safeguarding page here.

Plan of the school

Our plan of the school site from September 2021 shows classrooms and their names.

Governors

Please use the governors' email address clerktogovernors@saltfordschool.org.uk or contact us through the school office.

PTA

The PTA may be contacted by email at PTA@saltfordschool.org.uk or through the school office.

Futura Learning Partnership

We are part of the Futura Learning Partnership. Please see the Futura Learning Partnership's website for more information.

Complaints

If you wish to make a complaint, please follow the procedure outlined in our complaints policy.

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Who's who

Headteacher: Mrs Dawn Sage

Deputy Headteacher: Mrs Elizabeth Spincer

Class teacher: Miss Elizabeth Davis
Year group: Reception (R)
Class name: Bumblebee class
Curriculum responsibility: Foundation Stage Leader, Early Years, Early English and Maths

Class teacher: Mrs Gemma Morgan
Year group: Reception (R)
Class name: Butterfly class
Curriculum responsibility: Science, PHSE and Citizenship

Class teacher: Miss Charlotte Evans
Year group: Year 1
Class name: Apple
Curriculum responsibility: Computing

Class teacher: Mrs Ruth Hayden
Year group: Year 1
Class name: Pear
Curriculum responsibility: Music

Class teacher: Miss Sophie Hansford
Year group: Year 1
Class name: Pear
Curriculum responsibility: Design Technology

Class teacher: Miss Natalie Jupp
Year group: Year 2
Class name: Palm
Curriculum responsibility: KS1 Leader, KS1 Maths, PHSE and Citizenship

Class teacher: Mrs Maria Newark
Year group: 
Year 2
Class name: 
Cherry
Curriculum responsibility:
History

Class teacher: Miss Charlotte Mulready
Year group: 
Year 3
Class name: 
Sycamore
Curriculum responsibility: Art

Class teacher: Mrs Elizabeth Spincer
Year group: Year 3
Class name: Lime
Curriculum responsibility: Deputy Headteacher and Assessment

Class teacher: Mrs Melissa Brook
Year group: Year 3
Class name: Lime
Curriculum responsibility: PE

Class teacher: Mr Robert Jenkins
Year group: Year 4
Class name: Maple
Curriculum responsibility: Religious Education

Class teacher: Mrs Patricia Nethercott
Year group: Year 4
Class name: Willow
Curriculum responsibility: Lower KS2 Leader, Modern Foreign Languages and KS2 English

Class teacher: Mr Jake Bowkett
Year group: Year 5
Class name: Elm
Curriculum responsibility: PE

Class teacher: Mr Andrew Boyle
Year group: Year 5
Class name: Horse chestnut
Curriculum responsibility: Geography and Travel Plan

Class teacher: Mr Nathan Styles
Year group: Year 6
Class name: Ash
Curriculum responsibility: KS2 English and Science

Class teacher: Mr Jonathan Godwin
Year group: Year 6
Class name: Oak
Curriculum responsibility: Upper KS2 Leader and Maths across the school

Class teacher: Mrs Gemma Godwin
Year group: Year 4
Curriculum responsibility: Inclusion Leader

For a full list of school staff, please see our prospectus; see also a summary of the Leadership Team Structure and Responsibilities here.

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Our prospectus

Please see our full prospectus here in PDF format and our presentation celebrating life at Saltford School here in PDF format.

We feel that the best way to find out about a school is by coming and talking to us; you are therefore most welcome to arrange a visit. Please get in touch.

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Achievements

Modeshift stars silver award

Modeshift STARS silver award

We were the first school in B&NES and the joint first in the whole West of England area to achieve the Modeshift STARS Silver award. It recognises that we have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel. The scheme encourages schools nationwide to increase sustainable and active travel in order to improve the health and well-being of pupils.

School Games gold award

Gold school games mark

We are absolutely delighted to have achieved the Gold Award for a third consecutive year.

This government-led awards scheme rewards Saltford CofE Primary School for our outstanding commitment to the development of competition across our school and into the community. Keep up to date with our sports reports here.

Artsmark silver award

The Artsmark recognises schools that enthuse and inspire their pupils in the four art forms: dance, drama, music and art. This year we have been involved with several different projects to excite and enthuse children and we are proud that we have achieved the Artsmark Silver award

Saltford Primary School provides a high level of provision in the arts through our wide range of extra-curricular clubs, a rich curriculum that incorporates dance and music, and opportunities to perform in the community and beyond.

Our children are keen to share their learning in, and through, the arts and identify the skills they develop in their artistic studies. Staff too have built on their expertise and passion in the arts, and have worked closely as a team on our musical productions.

A large proportion of KS2 children learn to play musical instruments or receive singing tuition from our peripatetic staff, and some of the children attend bands or orchestras outside school. We also have three recorder groups.

Every class receives weekly music lessons, and we follow a lively, well-resourced and varied scheme called ‘Charanga’ as a basis for our teaching. We also listen to, appraise and discuss a wide range of music.

We are passionate about the difference that involvement in the arts can make in children's lives, and are committed to developing this further in the future.

Five star hygiene rating for our kitchen

Our catering manager, Lynne Portlock, and her team were awarded the highest five-star hygiene rating in June 2019. They are part Zest catering who provide the catering service for the Wellsway Multi-Academy Trust.

Silver Eco-School status

Our school has fulfilled the criteria necessary for Silver Eco-School status. This landmark was achieved with much involvement from families. We are all committed to improving our local environment, endeavouring to save energy and avoid waste, and understanding better how choices made by us may affect people living in other countries. Full details on the Eco-Schools website.

SIAMS

In our recent Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools, we were found to be outstanding in all areas by the Diocesan inspector. A copy of the report can be found here. See  Collective Worship for full details.

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Environment and lettings

We have superb facilities, including a modern ICT suite, a purpose-built library and our own swimming pool, set alongside an extensive outdoor environment that provides many opportunities for play and learning.

Recent additions to our site include a superb early years play area, a reflective garden and a brand new six-classroom block.

All the school's facilities are available to hire at reasonable rates. Please contact the school for rates, terms and conditions.

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Inclusion

We are a fully inclusive mainstream primary school, committed to supporting and challenging all pupils to achieve their full potential. For full information on how we support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities, read our SEND policy and our SEND Information Report.The Futura Learning Partnership inclusion policy can be read here.

For information about how Saltford School meets the needs of gifted and talented pupils, read our policy here.

Introducing "Thrive" logo

We are now a Thrive school. The Thrive Approach provides a powerful way of working with children to support optimal social and emotional development. In particular, the Approach supports targeted work with children who may have struggled with difficult life events to help them re-engage with life and learning. 

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Inspection reports

We welcomed an inspector from Ofsted into our school in May 2019 for a one-day inspection. The Inspector said how much she had enjoyed seeing our school; she saw a happy, safe and caring school with excellent relationships between children and staff. Please read the full report here.

In November 2017 we were visited by the Diocesan inspector for our Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS). We are delighted to report that she found us to be outstanding in all areas. 

Highlights include “The vision for Saltford is: ‘A vibrant, caring and supportive church school, inspiring and serving the whole community’. This vision is successfully lived out. Core values of kindness, respect and honesty permeate the work of the school and these are promoted and articulated within a distinctively Christian context.”.

It is a report that everyone in the team contributed to and we would like to thank everyone for their hard work.  We are especially grateful to the foundation Governors, Reverend Daile Wilshere and Mr Baker for his leadership of RE and Collective Worship. Please read the full report here.

The school welcomes parental feedback; we send out a regular school questionnaire to parents and invite parents to complete the short Ofsted survey, found here, at any time.

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Collective worship and prayer

Dear God
We thank you for our school.
We thank you for all the teachers and staff who work here.
We thank you for all the children who come to learn.
We pray our school would be a place of great discovery, adventure and creativity.
May it be a place where we love to learn and learn to love.
A place where everyone is respected and valued.
Amen 

We are a community in which Christian values are upheld. As a Church of England School, acts of Collective Worship form the basis of our corporate experience and mark important times and occasions e.g. Harvest, Remembrance, Christmas and Easter. Stories from the Bible are often at the heart of our collective worship, also times for prayer and singing. We hope that all children will find these times to be stimulating, interactive and inclusive.

At Saltford Church of England Primary School the children participate in a daily act of collective worship. Teaching staff and members of the school/church community lead services every day in the school hall. These usually follow the pattern:

Monday: Whole school service (where a theme is introduced) led by St Mary's Open the Book team and/or Reverend Daile or Mrs King.

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: Reception, Key Stages 1 and 2 each have a service led by Mrs Sage, a member of staff or 2 by 2 staff.

Friday: Whole school celebration service (where certificates, medals, etc... are awarded) led by Mrs Sage

We follow a series of themes throughout the term linked to our school values and bible stories etc.

In June 2017, volunteers from St Mary’s Church and Revd Daile Wilshere led a ‘Prayer Workshop’ for our pupils. One of the activities asked the children what they would like to thank God for about their school and to pray for their school. The answers were collated and discussed by the school council. They found that one prayer simply wasn't enough and so please find the resulting collection of prayers for Saltford School here.

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British values at Saltford School

The Department for Education has said: "We want to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs."

At Saltford, we are very proud of the diverse range of activities we provide for the children and those of you who follow our Twitter feed will be familiar with many of them. Here is a summary of some of the ways we have demonstrated these values at School over the past year or so. This further document shows some examples and photos of how we promote British values at Saltford School. 

If you feel you may have something to offer the school linked with British Values (or know someone else who might be keen to), we would love to hear from you.

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UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award

UNICEF RRSA Silver Award logo

 UNICEF’s Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA).

We are delighted to have received the Silver 'Rights Aware' award in July 2018.  Find out more from our report here.

What is the RRSA?  It is a Unicef UK programme that aims to put children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK. The Award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into practice within the school and beyond. Children have the right to participate, so meaningful involvement of children and young people is fundamental to every stage of your RRSA journey. 
Please have a look at this short YouTube video about the impact of the award in schools and Unicef's summary of the rights of the child.

We have a rights focus for assemblies, concentrating on different articles. You will see evidence in classroom charters and on our displays of how we are incorporating the language of rights and the responsibilities linked with them into our curriculum and the life of the school. This commitment links with the work of the School Council, the Green Team and the E-Team, with our School Vision and Values and our Golden Rules to encourage children to reflect on their actions and think about the part they play in the life of our school community and beyond.

unicef assembly by children

Here are some children presenting an assembly about Article 15: All children have the right to meet, make friends with, and join clubs with other children

Researching articles for a school display RRSA display in school

Some of our Y5 and 6 children researching different articles to present a display about the UNCRC.

Saltford School rights wheelWe organise our work about rights into themes for each term. Here they are in our rights wheel and more detail can be found here.

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Performance data

Please follow this link for the Government summary of our school statistics and results.

Our own latest results for statutory assessments can be found on the Assessment page.

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Vacancies

Would you like to work with us? Any jobs at Saltford School are advertised in this space. Current Futura Learning Partnership vacancies are advertised here and you can create job alerts here.

Early morning cleaner

We are looking for a reliable cleaner at Saltford Primary School. The job is a part-time, permanent position with 12.5 hours per week, term-time only, with some holiday cleaning also.

The hours are Monday to Friday 5.00am - 7.30am.

Salary is £9.10 per hour; the schedule is Monday to Friday - no weekends.

Please read the full job description here and if you are interested, please apply via the Indeed website here OR contact Tomasz Sudol at Intelligent Workplace Solutions on 07825 788732 www.workplace.co.uk

Playworker

We are seeking a playworker to join our lunchtime team, supervising children during the midday break. This is a part time position and the days of the week can be discussed at interview. This role requires someone who will promote and support a range of active play opportunities and ably assist in the preparation, serving and clearing up of refreshments with due regard to health & safety in food preparation and an awareness of school’s healthy school status and policy. The person will need to work collaboratively and respond sensitively and confidently to the needs of the children. Most of all they will need to maintain a positive attitude and enjoy being with children… even during wet playtimes!

Please see the full job advert here and the job description/personal specification here. You can apply using this PDF application form or download the MS Word version here.

If you would like further details or an application pack containing these documents, please contact the school's Office Manager on 01225 872185.

Further information

Saltford C of E Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Eligibility to work in the UK

You must have, or be able to obtain before you start, permission to work in the UK. Further information is available on the UK Border Agency website.

Criminal convictions

The school will undertake an enhanced DBS check for the successful applicant. If you have a criminal record, you must tell us about all 'spent' and 'unspent' cautions and convictions.

We ask that you also tell us about any police reprimands/cautions/warnings that may be revealed by the request of an enhanced disclosure from the DBS. If you are shortlisted, you will be asked to bring identification to the interview and, if appointed, you will be required to complete a DBS check at an enhanced level.

References

We will obtain references for the successful applicant. All offers of employment are made subject to the receipt of two references, which we regard as satisfactory.

If any of your previous roles (voluntary or paid) involved working with children, young people or vulnerable adults, we will ask for information about past disciplinary issues relating to these vulnerable groups (including any in which the time penalty is 'time expired') and whether you have been subject to any child/vulnerable adult protection concerns and the outcome of any enquiry or disciplinary procedures.

Shortlisting

Our selection process is based on each individual's own merits and abilities. The information provided in your application is evidence and used against the essential and desirable criteria required for the post. 

Interviews

If you are selected for interview, we will contact you with the details of the interview and explain what you need to bring. Our selection processes normally consist of a full interview programme and involves an opportunity to meet some other staff and students. For some roles you may be asked to take part in a written/practical/skills exercise.

Pre-employment checks

All offers of employment are made subject to pre-employment checks including a medical questionnaire and reference returns.

Safeguarding

Robust procedures are in place to ensure that staff who have access to children, young people and vulnerable adults or access to sensitive information about children, young people and vulnerable adults are employed safely.

Further information

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Request a printed copy

If you require a paper copy of the information on our website, please contact the school office on 01225 872185 or email: contactus@saltfordschool.org.uk. We will provide copies as soon as possible.

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Futura Learning Partnership

Saltford Primary School converted to academy status on 1st September 2016. We are now part of the Futura Learning Partnership. We believe academy conversion secured the long term future of our school, offering the best opportunity to our pupils to progress and achieve.

Working closely with the other schools in the Futura partnership enables the educational experience of children in all those schools to be enhanced. As part of the partnership, we work collaboratively to nurture and develop the children in our care.

Futura Learning Partnership registered office: Chandag Road, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 1PH
Tel: 0117 946 1229
Email: enquiries@futuralearning.co.uk

 A charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales with company number 07746787

Further information:

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