News from Chilton Primary School
Chilton Primary in Ramsgate, named as Thanet’s top school for pupil progress in tables released in December, is already forging into 2019 with a desire to improve on the impressive ratings.
Head of School Kate Law said:
“Our aim is to be consistently progressive. We design and upgrade our learning to continually move the school forward, ensuring we provide the best possible primary education for all of our children.”
The Department for Education Key Stage 2 progress tracker for 2018 was published as schools broke for the festive holiday. It highlights average progress scores during the last 12 months in the key areas of reading, writing and Maths, with Chilton showing a three per cent improvement over the previous year.
Mrs Law said:
“At Chilton we are always looking at new initiatives to enhance our learning progress and give our children a rich and challenging experience.
We are using 20 classic texts that children are encouraged to read throughout Key Stage 2. We do this to add breadth to children’s experience of reading and because you don’t find the richness and depth of language in more modern children’s literature.
Some examples on the list are The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Treasure Island, Swallows and Amazons.
We have also added a range of quality and challenging texts for all year groups to add depth to our reading material to promote reading for pleasure at every opportunity.
This is combined with reading challenges that we set in the holidays (for example, ‘extreme reading’ where children have pictures taken of them reading in unusual places).”
Mrs Law stressed the “importance of a rich and relevant curriculum.”
“This means that whilst we follow the national curriculum, teachers are passionate about creating memorable learning experiences.
We use creativity and the arts throughout all aspects of learning as well as seeking out ways to use our local environment, community and educational excursions so that learning is purposeful, challenging and delivers a broad range of experiences.
We are delighted that the Key Stage 2 data puts us at the top of the table for Thanet, and 15th in the whole of Kent, but we will not stand still in 2019, quite the opposite.
The rating reflects the ongoing dedication and enthusiasm of our teachers and support staff, and the desire of our children to improve on our already high standards. It promises to be another invigorating year for the Chilton community.”
Meanwhile, improvement work for the outdoor area for Reception pupils is underway. The space is being completely revamped and reinvigorated with completion due in January.
Chilton Primary School is part of the Viking Academy Trust with Upton Junior School, Broadstairs, and Ramsgate Arts Primary School.
Thanks to Chilton Primary School for this wonderful first article in 2019, it’s so good to see that you are already doing so well and its the first week back to school! Hopefully it will only get better for you, we look forward to seeing what you can do.
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