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Welcome to Padstow School Reception class!

by Aspire

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Welcome to Padstow School
Reception class!
Welcome to the Aspire Academy Trust.
Aspire is a vibrant, highly successful and widely recognised Trust determined to raise standards of educational achievement to the very highest levels. We don’t just aim for our children to achieve what is average or expected, but for them to excel both academically and in character.
We live in a global economy that requires our children to be prepared to think both critically and creatively, solve complex problems, and to communicate well. Mastery of the basics: reading, writing, maths and technology is our core purpose, and this sits firmly alongside ensuring our children have well-developed social and emotional skills. Aspire academies have a strong emphasis on the sport, arts and social, moral spiritual and cultural education.
All our 36 schools and academies are an integral part of their local communities and have a real sense of identity. We value the contribution each of our communities makes and the distinctive opportunities and diversity it offers to the Trust. By working in true partnership, we offer exceptional learning experiences to all our children, so they benefit from the strength that being part of the extended Aspire family brings. If you want to learn more about us, then please visit our website at

I look forward to hopefully welcoming you to the Aspire family!
Vanessa Bragg
Aspire CEO
Head of School Welcome
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Welcome to Padstow School on behalf of all of us, children and adults!

At our school, children are valued as individuals whilst being encouraged to learn and grow together, building every child's confidence in a safe and happy environment.

We understand the importance of the Reception year. We value the fact that every child is unique, aiming to celebrate and promote their particular skills, strengths and individuality. We also aim to support the children in all of their learning and to give them a secure foundation to build upon as they progress through school.

Reception children are both curious and eager to learn, so we want to capture those qualities of curiosity and enthusiasm in a kind, caring and safe environment, encouraging them to question and discover as they go.

Kate Whitford
Head of School
"We have a commitment to safeguard our children." 

"We all have a responsibility to act if we are worried about a child.
All children have a right to be safe no matter who they are or what their circumstance."

"Keeping children safe is everyone's responsibility." 
Every academy within the Aspire Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.
Trauma-Informed Schools
Trauma Informed Schools UK is a registered community interest company working in association with the Centre for Child Mental Health. It provides training to ensure that every adult in a school or community has the skills and understanding to respond appropriately to the relational and emotional needs children may display.

TiS supports schools to create a mentally healthy environment and culture in which all within the school community, adults and children alike, can flourish and achieve. It advocates a whole school response and evidenced based relational approaches to provide an enriched environment to buffer the impact of stress that may result from adversity and painful life events.

In addition, specially trained Trauma and Mental Health Informed Practitioners offer targeted intervention to children who may be experiencing challenges within their life that without support may act as a barrier to their ability to fully engage with life and learning. 
Vision & Values
We want to be a school where: 

- Children learn to embrace the wider world with confidence;
- Every day is an opportunity to question and discover;
- We will be fearless and embrace mistakes;
- There is no cap on potential;
- Children recognise their value to the community and the world.
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Our Core Values:
Aspirations - achieve the best for ourselves and others, to imagine possibilities and make them real. 

Spirit – demonstrating the courage of our convictions, with energy and determination.

Passion - enthusiastic and committed to seek opportunity, pursue talents and interests.

Integrity – honest with ourselves and others in all that we do.

Resilience - to overcome obstacles and reach success.

Excellence – in all we do. 
Our Reception Staff
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Miss Barnard is the class teacher in Puffin class and our EYFS lead for the school. She is an experienced teacher with years of working within the Early Years Foundation Stage. Mrs Bray will be the class teaching assistant, along with additional members of our EYFS/KS1 team who will support the teaching and learning using their specialist Early Years knowledge.
Miss Barnard
Mrs Bray
Early Years Curriculum
The EYFS curriculum is organised into 7 areas of learning.
The 3 prime areas are:
- Communication & language
- Physical development
- Personal, social & emotional development
The 4 specific areas are:
- Literacy
- Mathematics
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts & design
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The children's sessions are organised to include each of these areas, often through a topic or theme. Children will mainly learn through practical activities; they will also have more structured times to their day such as phonics or carpet time.
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Our EYFS philosophy: To make a difference, so that children learn to embrace the wider world with confidence.