Acres Hill Community Primary School

About our school…

Acres Hill Community Primary School is a popular and growing 3-11 school serving a dynamic and changing community in the South East of Sheffield. If you choose to do your training with us you will be joining a supportive, happy and caring team of professionals who will nurture and challenge you in this first stage of your teaching career.

An International perspective…

As the community we serve becomes more diverse we believe that our children need to develop an international awareness alongside that of their own culture and identity. The International Primary Curriculum helps us to bring learning to life through exciting and stimulating topics. For example, in ‘We Are What We Eat’ our younger children discover that because food is essential to life, it plays a vital role in history and culture throughout the world. They find out about famine and drought and where drinking water comes from. In ‘Black Gold?’ our older children learn about the energy industry and its effects on the environment. They are challenged to consider what will happen one day when oil runs out and investigate alternative sources of energy and sustainable projects around the world.

A thriving community…

As our small school grows we are very proud of our harmonious and supportive community. Children behave well (outstandingly well according to OFSTED!) and our diverse community is respectful and tolerant. We work hard to maintain good relationships with parents and carers. Through our open start to each morning parents can engage in learning activities with their child and their teacher before the start of the school day.

Children make good progress at Acres Hill and are successful in meeting national expectations. We have exceeded all national floor targets for attainment and progress at the end of KS2 for the last two years. We achieve this through a commitment to quality first teaching for every child and early identification of educational and social barriers for those children needing a boost. We use pupil premium funding to pay for interventions such as speech and language therapy, Reading Recovery and Every Child Counts to help children make accelerated academic progress. On the social side we employ a Learning Mentor and Pupil Support Assistant to tackle pastoral problems which might be holding children back such as low attendance and emotional or friendship issues.

Reading between the lines…

We can offer access to highly-skilled colleagues, particularly around the areas of Communication, Language and Literacy.  Teaching Reading is a speciality of ours and through our partnership with the national, award-winning ESCAL programme, we have developed highly effective practice in promoting children’s skills in speaking, listening and reading. Our advanced facilities include a screen room where colleagues can observe, discuss and share good practice from behind the screen, reflecting on children’s learning and the quality of teaching observed.

Investing in the future…

We have a successful and mutually beneficial partnership with Sheffield Hallam University, a  local provider of Initial Teaching Training. We offer placements for PGCE and BA QTS students at all stages of their qualification. Rachel, our Year 5 teacher and new Schools Direct Co-ordinator originally came to us as a student:

“I’m delighted to be part of the Acres Hill family, they’re such a supportive team. Throughout my placement and NQT year I benefited from clear structures and routines in a well-organised learning environment. I’ve taken lots of opportunities to progress my professional development and now I’m really excited to be taking responsibility for Schools Direct as my career continues to develop.”

Growing outstanding teachers….

High quality teaching is at the centre of all we do. We would like to work with creative, enthusiastic and committed trainees who put children first and who will strive to become the best they can be. If you want to find out more about Acres Hill Community Primary School please click on the link to our website below:

www.acreshillschool.co.uk

We are also holding some open days where potential trainees can come and get the Acres Hill experience first-hand. If you would like to find out more please contact:

0114 244 1512
debbieclarke@acreshill.sheffield.sch.uk

 

Please apply for School Direct places with SSELP in Sheffield via the UCAS website below. You will need to choose Wybourn Community Primary & Nursery School  as your provider (programme code 25YM):

Apply here via UCAS

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