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Our Curriculum

At St Mary’s C of E Primary School the curriculum is based on the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum, with additional aspects specific to our locality, community and school ethos.

"Pupils work hard, support one another and respond very well to the good-quality teaching provided. They are extremely responsive in class, play happily with others on the playground and, for most pupils, attendance is high." Ofsted 2017

Our pupils experience a curriculum that is broad and deep, stimulating and rigorous. Whenever possible we aim to make thematic links across curriculum subjects to provide the children with clear and coherent learning objectives. However, teachers are encouraged to seize unexpected moments of awe and wonder by pursuing the children’s interests and thereby developing curiosity, imagination and general knowledge. Understanding of the wider world is enhanced by comparing and contrasting their own lives and environment with those of others, both in the past and the present. Children are encouraged to apply their learning widely through problem solving and cross-curricular projects.

"A small school with a big curriculum" Ofsted 2017.

See below, right for detailed curriculum maps  information. If further information is required please contact the Principal.

Curriculum Enrichment

"The curriculum is a significant strength. The school gives plenty of attention to basic skills but also provides pupils with a rich range of subjects and activities. Subjects are often knitted together in themes and enhanced by trips to places of interest, special events or visitors to school. French, science and music stand out as notable strengths, with some high-quality learning experiences in these subjects. In addition, pupils develop a range of worthwhile skills while working in the nearby forest school area. Furthermore, pupils are able to attend a mixture of different clubs and regularly get involved in local events." Ofsted 2017

At St Mary’s C of E Primary School emphasis is placed on the use of local cultural and environmental resources and settings. Frequent use is made of the wide range of opportunities within walking distance of our school including farms, woods, streams and historic buildings to bring alive the history of the Marches.

We have access to a local woodland setting where Forest School sessions are held regularly for all pupils. Forest School aims to develop an understanding of the natural environment, raise self esteem, confidence and improve social skills. Children learn about eco-systems, sustainability, conservation, water management, farming and woodland management. In our school garden children grow their own plants and vegetables which they can then cook and eat! Raised beds, a chicken ark and a greenhouse have been added to the garden area.

Local specialists in music, sport, art and drama support the class teachers to ensure a high standard of teaching and learning.

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is a fund which is outside the main funding formula. Schools receive Pupil Premium funding for:

  • children who are eligible for free school meals(FSM)
  • children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last 6 Years
  • children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months by someone other than their family.

The government has provided this funding to help raise attainment for these children.  National data shows that children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in time have sadly lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM.  Schools decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, but the funding should be to support those children.

At St Mary's our pupil premium is used to support a range of targeted interventions both inside and outside of the classroom.  This allows all pupils with specific difficulties to move forward.  To facilitate this, the school has TA coverage equivalent  to 3.2 full time Teaching Assistants in September 2020. Cathy Shaw, holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Assessing Literacy & Dyslexia is notified by class Lead Teachers, that meet weekly, of pupils who are not seen to be making the necessary progress. Pupils are then tested and a strategy of support and intervention is put into place. Parents are kept fully informed throughout the process and are informed as to how they can help their child. We also provide funding to enable all children to participate in swimming and school trips to further enrich the child's whole cognitive development and education experience.

Specific funds to provide support for disadvantaged pupils and for those who have special educational needs or disabilities are put to good use, with spending tailored to individuals needs”  Ofsted April 2017.                      

Our SENCO (Peter Kyles)/intervention team have provided a wide range of additional support, where children require specific provision in order to achieve their potential. All TAs are involved in Targeted Intervention each afternoon except for Fridays. Regular meetings occur between those on the SEND register and parents. This ensures all can monitor pupil progress. The SEND register is reviewed half termly. Pupil Premium is also used to support inclusion in families who are suffering financial hardships.

In 2018 - 2019 £20,100

In 2019-2020 £15,460

In 2020-2021 £17,450

Current Teaching Assistant Costs are in excess of £38,000

"As noted in the previous inspection report, pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities get bespoke support which helps them to move on in their learning. In several instances, pupils who have struggled with aspects of school life elsewhere have moved to St Mary’s and responded positively to the guidance, care and support provided."OFSTED April 2017

Impact of Intervention

Outcomes for pupil premium children are often measured in percentage terms but with our small numbers this is not a helpful indicator of school performance. In the National EVERFSM performance tables, however 100% of pupils in the past 3 Years have achieved the National Benchmark. Only eight schools within Herefordshire have achieved this accolade. 100% of disadvantaged pupils who have started at the school achieve the expected standard.

2019 SATs Assessment Analysis (2020 figures unavailable)

At KS1 100% of pupils premium pupils (Cohort 1) achieved the expected standard in Reading, Writing & Mathematics.

At KS2 25% of pupils premium pupils (Cohort 4) achieved the expected standard in Reading, Writing & Mathematics. 25% achieved Reading and 100% Mathematics. The lower percentage could be put down to the pupils having migrated from othere school with specific leaning needs.

2020-2021 Strategies

There are currently 11 pupils receiving Pupil Premium.  To insure pupils achieve their potential the school has implemented a number of strategies.

  • To continue to keep class sizes small.
  • Maintain TA time to FT 3.2. This will allow pupils with needs to experience targeted interventions both inside and outside of the classroom. Pupil Premium pays for approximately 35 Hours per week while the school provides 85.5 hour per week. This will be maintained throughout 2020/2.
  • Targeted interventions using tried and tested scheme that include Word Wassp, Power of Two, Nelson handwriting and money awareness and focused reading comprehension.
  • Inclusion so that financial deprivation does not impact on pupil enrichment and learning. This currently includes music lessons, swimming and school trips.
  • CPD initiatives aiming to address existing difficulties, attachment and pupil well-being issues.

Assessment and targeted intervention occur termly and interventions effectiveness are reviewed.

COVID Catchup Funding

A grant of £5600 has been awarded to the school to help pupils catchup and develp missed areas of their learning. After an assessment of need in March this money will be targetted and used for small group and 1:1 interventions. Areas of focus will be Year 1 phonics and simple sentence construction. In reality Year 1 have been most impacted during the two lockdowns at a critical time for language development.

Curriculum Downloads

P.E. & Sport

The PE and Sports Allocation is funding in addition to the main school funding. The Government is providing this support to improve provision of physical education and sport in primary schools. The funding is jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health & Culture and Media & Sport.

How St Mary's is using this funding

Allocation 2020/2021 £16,483??

  • to subsidise transportation to Leominster swimming pool and the provision of three qualified swimming instructors on Friday afternoons (38 sessions).
  • to partly fund the minibus so that pupils can compete with other schools and in competitions within the Weobley High School cluster.
  • to purchase new sports equipement: footballs, tag rugby equipment, hockey sticks and primary athletics equipment.
  • to employ Mrs Bennett a specialist sports/dance specialist. Part Time Monday afternoons and 20 Sessions at ASPIRE Dance Studio.
  • to hire the Village Hall on Monday and Thursday afternoons so that PE continues in inclement weather conditions
  • to fund Gymnastics & Dance with the Weobley based Aspire Dance Studio.
  • to fund transportation cost to the Dance Studio when required.
  • to allow Mr M Edge to attend FA Level 2 Football coach training.
  • to fund a sports club on Mondays and Thursdays 3.15pm - 4.15pm
  • to fund a tag rugby coach.
  • to fund entry and costs of Tag Rugby competitions and Lucton Cross Country.
  • to mow the leased school field throughout the growing season.
  • to provide staffing and materials for Forest School. Specialist + TA.
  • to provide fruit at morning break throughout the school to encourage healthy eating.
  • to provide free milk to all infants daily.
  • to lease and maintain the school field.


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