Welcome to Ordsall Primary School.
Thank you for visiting our school website. This page gives you an introduction to our school and if you feel that this is the school for you and your child then why not apply for a place at Ordsall Primary School.
Ordsall Primary School is a larger than average Primary School and is part of Nottinghamshire County Council. As we begin the next school year in September 2020 we have around 550 children attending our school in 21 classes. The school not only has partnerships with Nottinghamshire County Council but it is a member of the Trent Valley Teaching School Alliance, and uses networks across the region to develop its practice in many different areas. Most recently the school has worked with an outstanding 3 form entry school, Rosendale Primary School in London, and York University on a metacognition programme known as ReflectED. Through these working partnerships the school received recognition for it's work from the Education Endowment Fund, as a part of its drive to support not only disadvantaged children but all of our children. We use this work as part of our strategies to support those children in receipt of Pupil Premium.
The school is located in what is referred to as Robin Hood's County, in the District of Bassetlaw, in Nottinghamshire. The school benefits from ten and a half acres of grounds for the children to play, learn and grow together in, with extensive fields and hard playing surfaces, including a running track, trim trail and outdoor climbing equipment. The school is located around 400m from the East Coast Mainline and over the past few years the local area has had huge investment into it for new homes. As a result of this development, in 2016 the school began it's expansion from a two-form entry primary school (2 classes in every year group) to become a three form entry primary school (three classes in every year group) to support Nottinghamshire County Council in providing school places for the local children. This expansion has included increased classroom capacity and infrastructure development.
The school's ethos is cemented in it's belief that children should Play, learn and Grow Together and the first hand experience approach to learning we have is evident in our curriculum plans. The local and regional area has a rich historical and geographical legacy and we use this as much as possible to support our work. Creswell Crags is close by, where the children can walk in the footsteps of the Ice Age hunter, discover a legacy etched in stone with cave art, explore life on the edge of the Ice Age world and enter a world of fire and flint. The Pilgrims on the English ship, the Mayflower, who travelled from England to the New World in 1620, originate from the local area and we focus on this voyage in our work, and in 2020 we played a full role in the national celebrations of the Mayflower 400 anniversary. The development of the East Coast Mainline during the 19th Century is also significant not only for the local area but also the development of travel and links nationally. Gainsborough Old Hall is a short distance from the school which gives opportunities to learn about our past and the reputed visit of King Henry VIII whilst journeying from Lincoln to York in August 1541. All of these opportunities from the area's rich heritage, are used by the school to develop a wide range of learning opportunities across the curriculum. Our close links with the local community and the elected officials, alongside this heritage, support our direct teaching of Fundamental British Values so the children are able to learn all about their local history and identity.
The school participates in the National Tests and in recent years the work we have done on our curriculum has been reflected in a trend of improvement in the outcomes for the children at Ordsall Primary School.
The school building is in three distinct blocks and therefore, in order to organise the school and also aid transition from one area to another, we use Phases. Our phases are:
In Phase 1, our Early Years provision, we are able to offer both full and part time places for FS1 (Nursery) children. We have a morning and afternoon sessions in a 52 place FS1 provision and a 39 place full time provision for children and families who are eligible for 30 hours free childcare. Attendance at our FS1 provision does not guarantee a place at the school however many families use it to support their children in beginning to attend school and so that they are familiar with how we work.
In the staff team for each one of our phases we have a phase leader and each of our phases is also under the direct leadership of one of the schools two deputy head teachers. The phases work closely with each other and the placement of the year groups in the phases supports the move from one Key Stage to another physically but also, and more importantly, educationally. The subject leaders at the school are responsible for learning throughout the whole school and the distributed leadership model that we use ensures that the staff at the school take collective ownership and responsibility for the achievements and progress of all our children at #teamordsall.
We expect everyone across all our phases to give 100% every day, follow our code of conduct, and treat each other with kindness and respect. As a staff, we work very hard to ensure that our children are all rewarded for their efforts using our rewards systems.
The school is a very busy place at the beginning and end of the day especially, but at Ordsall Primary School we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. The school has two physical points of entry, one is on West Hill Road and the other is on Ordsall Road. These are the gates that the children and families will use to go to and from the school. Safety and security is a high priority for us at school and parents and carers will see staff on the site in a morning both to answer questions but also to monitor everyone's safety. Once the school is "in session" the school is locked down with access being monitored by the staff and CCTV covering the grounds. Entrance to and from all of our buildings is by an access card and access into school grounds is only at the gate on Ordsall Road. We use a controlled access system and ask all visitors to sign in using our electronic system. All our staff share this commitment to everyone's safety and are required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check before they are able to work with us at Ordsall.
For the start of the year in September 2020 we have put in place special plans, as a result of the guidance from the government following the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The school provides meals for children who want one from it's own kitchens. The quality of the school's meals was recognised by the soil association who awarded the school a gold award. The children in FS2, Year 1 and Year 2 are all eligible to receive the universal meal at no cost and children who are eligible for benefits related free school meals are supported by the school so that every child has access to a quality meal around the middle of the day. Parents and carers can check if they are eligible for benefits-related free school meals by clicking Free School Meals or by phoning 0300 500 80 80.
Our interim menus for September 2020 can be found by clicking here
Our school is a school that listens and each year we consult with our parents through our Parent Questionnaires. These inform our practice and allow everyone to contribute ideas. The school holds consultation opportunities for parents and carers at three formal points across the year but, as an open door school, we are always there to support and listen to parents and carers to address any issues that are raised.
The school has an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) and a Child and Family Support Worker. Both these people help and support both children and families and the work of the ELSA has received praise from many schools and officers across the region. These two members of staff are supported by the SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) and the Safeguarding Lead (Designated Safeguarding Lead) who all work together as part of our pastoral team to work with families and children who may need help.
All our staff are there to help and so if anyone has a problem we all are there to support you. Just ask.
This page only gives an outline to our school and if you would like to know more please take the time to look around our website or alternatively, contact us, and arrange a visit. We are always pleased to meet new people @OrdsallSchool.