Holme Primary School

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Holme Community School is a Community school for children of 4 to 11 years and was opened in 1911. There are 98 children on roll currently. Holme is a rapidly expanding village in South Cumbria; there are now approaching 500 houses in the village following two recent large developments. It is located close to the M6 motorway and about 10 miles south of Kendal. The school itself is close to the centre of the village and adjacent to the Lancaster Canal.

The school building has been extended and developed over the years, with further short and long-term improvements planned to both the building and outside areas within the current school development plan. The school comprises of, at present, 4 main classrooms, hall / dining room, music room, library, ICT bay, PPA room, staff room, office and sensory room/additional classroom. Externally there are hard play areas, a court for netball, tennis and football, foundation stage play area, a play park shared with the village and a large playing field. All this is adjacent to the village cricket ground and the bowling green. The school is organised in mixed ability groups. They are taught as follows: KS1 unit with Reception (Class 1) and Year 1 and Year 2 together (Class 2). Years 3 and 4 (Class 3) and Years 5 and 6 (Class 4).  There are teaching assistants in both KS1 classes. The school also has Support Assistants who are attached to children with Special Needs. There are also many parent helpers and village residents with particular skills who assist in school on a frequent basis.At the present time, the main areas for development, as identified in the current School Development Plan are :- 

Developing a more Creative & stimulating curriculum

Embedding our Pre-school provision with the long-term aim of introducing a Nursery Unit within the school

Launching our new Virtual learning Environment

Additionally, the school constantly aims to extend the use of ICT both as a learning resource and as a management tool and to improve ICT resources throughout the school. In addition, we are continuing to develop the school’s website.The school is committed to teamwork and joint decision making by staff and governors. Governors take an active role in the monitoring and evaluation process. All staff, regardless of their teaching age-range, are expected to take an active interest in, and care of, the education and welfare of all the pupils.  The school gives a high priority to the personal and social development of every child and supports this in many ways, as part of our Healthy Schools Award.The school plays an important role within the community and continually seeks to strengthen links with the whole community through involvement with village groups, presenting events to the wider audience and through the fund raising and social events organised by a very active Parent Teacher Association.

In the academic year of 2011-12, the school benefited from receiving the sum of £1720 in Pupil Premium funds. We used this money to purchase extra support from a Senior Teaching Assistant who was able to deliver additional support programmes for the children concerned. This meant that these children were able to read daily to an experienced adult who was able to move their reading forward and to provide extra Literacy/Numeracy support when required. This meant that these children are making expected progress for their age and are not in danger of falling behind.

In the academic year 2012-13, the school received £1200. We intend to use it in the same way as in 2012-13, as this very experienced , daily support makes an enormous difference to pupils who are in need of help in addition to that provided by the normal classroom situation.

In the Academic Year 2013/2014, we will receive £8395 in Primary Schools Sports Funding. Click here for further information.


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