About Heritage Park Foundation School
The schools values and ethos.
Heritage Park Foundation School opened in 2005 and is not typical of BESD schools.
The ethos of the school is strong and relentless; 'learning is the work'.
The ethos defines our key aims and drives our key actions.
The ethos of the school has 3 key aims: 'learning success', 'safe and supported pupils' and 'positive experience'
We are absolutely focused on the needs of our learners; these needs shape the provision and intervention requirements of the learning environment and challenge us as a staff team to find innovative and creative solutions to overcome barriers to learning. The staff are a learning community; provision and outcomes are reviewed daily to guarantee progress and quality assurance. The ethos of the school reflects the needs of the pupils and their rights to achieve and progress in all aspects of their life. Heritage Park is committed to individualised learning driven by a culture of success. We have an absolute commitment to our duty of care and a purposeful, team-led approach.
The staff team exhibit leadership at all levels. Our ethos is most obviously experienced through our 3 key actions: 'to challenge standards and deliver progress', 'talk and I will listen' and to 'celebrate success'. These actions permeate our daily practice; they deliver our beliefs and drive forward our aims.
School structure and curriculum
The school has 4 distinct teams for learning: Primary, Secondary, Qualifications and Inclusion. Alongside these teaching and learning teams is the Pupil Support Team and the Safeguarding Team.
The school timetable introduced in July 2013 prioritises progress in English and Maths. All pupils meet regularly with a mentor to review progress and for target setting in English, Maths and Behaviour; we call this Assertive Mentoring.
The Key Stage 2 curriculum is taught in Primary. Beyond Year 6 pupils receive specialist subject teaching of the Key Stage 3 and 4 curriculums, orientated towards qualifications, including GCSE's, and through Key Stage 4, work related learning. The Maths Makes Sense scheme was introduced in November 2013 to secure improved progress in Maths.
The Safeguarding and Pupil Support Teams provide emotional and social interventions for pupils and families, behaviour and mental health support and off-site learning. The teams ensure the highest standards for pupil safety, including attendance, are applied consistently and continually.
In our partnership approach to working with parents and carers, we invest in maintaining positive relationships through consultation and regular communication; every pupil has a weekly report of progress, behaviour and attendance and we meet parents at least every term. We promote a culture of success and recognise, reward and celebrate achievement and progress.
We provide Inclusive opportunities for our pupils and pupils from surrounding schools. We provide in-reach and out-reach support projects and places to vulnerable pupils from mainstream schools for Key Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4. Provision options for Heritage pupils include supported mainstream placements with partner schools at Key Stages 2 and 3. 4 pupils have successfully transferred off-roll to mainstream provision to date.
Staff apply a range of intervention and support strategies that combine Behaviourist and Therapeutic methodologies. Pupils receive intensive emotional and mental health support from staff dedicated to building relationships with the pupils and families.
The school has a satellite Learning Centre based locally – The Lodge; this provision supplements the main site and is used to support attendance and engagement.