Bygrove Primary School

Bygrove Primary School
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About us - Bygrove Values & Vision Statement

Who are we?

Bygrove is a one-form entry primary school with a distinctive character. Staff & pupils are ambitious & confident – performance at KS2 shows our pupils consistently outperform their national peers & make significantly more progress – and yet we are small enough to feel like a big family. Everyone here feels like they belong and it’s this that gives us the platform to succeed.

Kaazim Pasha (Y5) sums it up very succinctly: “We may not be the biggest, but we’re determined to be the best.”

In short, what defines us is our:

  • High achievement
  • Family feel
  • Vibrant curriculum
  • Staff & student training
  • Leadership development
  • Quality partnerships

Our Values

Ambition, Respect, Compassion & Collaboration; everyone at Bygrove knows & lives by our values. They're what you'd find running right through us if you cut us open like a stick of Brighton Rock; they're what makes us tick.

This is the school's vision statement:

‘To all our pupils,

Every day at Bygrove Primary School, the staff and governors are working to make sure that by the time you leave us:

  • You will love learning new things, feel ready of the future & want to keep on learning more;
  • you will know what it feels like to be good at something & have achieved your very best;
  • You will understand just how incredible you are, believe in yourself and have confidence & resilience to follow your dreams;
  • You will have grown healthy and strong and understand how to look after your body and mind;
  • You will have known friendship and learned how to get along well with other people;
  • You will feel part of your community and proud of your school & inspired to make a difference.’

A Melting Pot

Bygrove is a multi-faith, multi-cultural, multi-lingual school, with pupils and staff hailing from nearly 20 different countries & practicing many faiths, the majority being Muslim. This has a very positive impact on the school; we feel extraordinarily lucky to be so diverse. We recognise just how much we can learn from one another & ultimately just how similar we all are.

School-based training & staff development: 

Professional Development is an ongoing priority for all of our staff from midday meals supervisors & TAs to teachers & senior leaders. We have, for example:

  • Hosted training for Higher Level Teaching Assistants & currently employ 3 HLTAs
  • 2 of our TAs have gone on to train as teachers; one is currently pursuing a Masters’
  • 4 members of the Leadership Team have completed NPQH
  • 3 middle leaders took part in NCSL pilot for Leadership Pathways course
  • 1 headteacher has completed ‘Head for the Future’; the other ‘New Visions’ & ‘Renaissance’
  • 6 midday meals supervisors & 7 TAs have attended training for NVQ2 in childcare; 3 more TAs have started NVQ3. The groups have formed a supportive network for each other & have been mentored throughout by teachers at the school
  • All staff receive ongoing leadership development training from a business consultant. We have very high expectations of leadership at all levels throughout the school
  • Our deputy head is taking part in Tower Hamlets’ succession planning training for deputies who aspire to headship.

But we’re also outward-looking & reaching when it comes to training & development, with particularly high involvement with teacher training:

  • 8 of our staff team have mentored trainee teachers in the last 4 years
  • 1 of our senior leaders is a mentor for trainees from the University of East London
  • We regularly host student teachers from St Martin's College LBTH and work experience pupils from local secondaries
  • 1 headteacher mentors another head who is new in post; the other head sits on Tower Hamlets’ succession planning group

Significant Partnerships:

We could not achieve the things we do on our own. So building & maintaining a variety of strong partnerships has always been a priority. We:

  • Are founder members of the Poplar Partnership group of schools with & through whom we have worked on such critical areas as Assessment for Learning, transition & parental engagement. As a group of schools we pioneered shared services employing, for example, 2 full-time social workers & a school nurse across the partnership
  • Have a long-standing relationship with Citi through the Tower Hamlets Education Partnership who provide pupil mentors, reading, maths, language, computing & chess partners for many of our children.

A healthy school:

We understand that learning how to look after our bodies & minds is one of the most important things we can do at primary school. We have:

  • Achieved & maintained Healthy School status since 2003 & Advanced Healthy Schools status since 2012
  •  A breakfast club supported by Magic Breakfast, providing wholesome organic food for 25 pupils and many staff
  • A range of fruit daily for pupils as well as milk & water. The school provides fruit for all KS2 pupils supplied by our local market
  • Actively promoted physical activity during breaktimes; lunchtime sessions of rugby, rounders, large ball hockey, skipping, etc & training for midday supervisors in supporting games in the playground
  • 2 hours of PE a week in which football, netball, cricket, rounders, hockey, dance & gymnastics are rotated on a termly basis; Yrs 3,4 & 5 swimming lessons & a range of after school sports clubs

Awards:

  • Investors in People Gold award
  • CPD Mark
  • Advanced Healthy Schools
  • Inclusion Quality Mark
  • Quality Mark from the Basic Skills Agency
  • National BREEAM award (code for sustainable buildings) as Best School & rating of 'Excellent' for refurbishment & new build extension
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