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Our commitment to providing a safe and nurturing environment for our pupils ensures that they are enabled to be the best that they can be. Communication between staff, children and parents is both flexible and open, leading to the best possible outcomes for growth and development.
Enjoyment At School – Yes! EASY…
EASY underpins the positive culture that exists throughout St Margaret’s. Children know that every day at school should be enjoyable and they thrive in a safe and secure environment. A termly EASY focus provides opportunities for them to explore their personal and social development, in addition to learning about communities beyond St Margaret’s. EASY cards are a visual reminder that there is always someone to talk to, and Miss Jones, the Deputy Head, is identified as an especially good listener.
Alongside the children’s social and emotional wellbeing, our extensive knowledge allows us to work collaboratively in support of their medical, health and safety needs. Staff are first aid trained at a level appropriate to their role and the school benefits from a fully equipped Medical Centre in the grounds, under the supervision of trained and experienced State Registered Nurses; a counselling service is also available.
St Margaret’s is organised according to a traditional, vertically based House System. Throughout the school year, great emphasis is placed on the corporate effort of the 'House' to gain Housepoints. The House system is used to encourage a sense of community and offers opportunity for both individual and team recognition. Siblings are always placed in the same House, which enables them to work together in some of the many collaborative activities that take place, either on the sports field or as part of the extended curriculum. A healthy sense of competition is encouraged and the children look forward to celebrating the winner of the weekly, termly and annual House awards!
St Margaret's has a thriving School Council which meets regularly. The main objective is to enhance the children’s experiences during their time at the school. Each class is represented on the Council by a pupil nominated by their peer group. Children in Years 5 and 6 are encouraged to stand as Officers – Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer – and after giving their election speeches, a ballot is held to vote them into position. All members of the school can put forward ideas, either through their Council Rep or the suggestion box.
As the elected pupil voice, the Officers meet with the Headmistress at regular intervals to discuss projects and report progress; this recognises that the views of the children are both welcomed and valued.
We recognise that school hours and parents’ working arrangements are not always compatible; therefore our wrap around facility offers the opportunity for children to be cared for by familiar staff. We offer a drop-off facility between 8.00am and 8.15am and our ‘Maggots’ after-school club cares for children between 4.00pm-6.00pm. This extends to the Easter and summer holidays, where we offer a highly popular activity club for an additional six weeks.