Welcome from the Head Teacher
On behalf of the children, staff and governors, I would like to welcome you to Queen Victoria Primary School. We hope you find our website clear, informative and easy to navigate. It is designed to give you a flavour of the vibrant life of our school, the work of our pupils and the quality education we strive to deliver.
Our school may be large but is very friendly and feels like an extended family. We are lucky to have a large site with green spaces that we can enjoy. There is a purpose built Early Years unit that houses our youngest children from Time for Twos through Nursery to Reception.
The main school building was opened in 1896, so we have been part of Sedgley for well over 100 years. Additional classrooms have been added to accommodate our three form entry school.
Becoming the Head Teacher of Queen Vic School is fantastic, it is such a privilege to be the leader of this school taking it through its next exciting chapter. I am fully committed to the community of Queen Vic and strive to ensure that the school serves our local children and their families well.
While it is my priority that the education your child receives here with us will enable them to achieve their academic potential and progress confidently into the next phase of their education, it is also part of my vision that all our children are filled with positive experiences, that they are aware of the endless possibilities that await them and that they are nurtured in order to develop within them, a confidence to embrace whatever comes their way. I want to ensure that every Queen Vic Pioneer has the skills and values to contribute fully in their community, becoming an excellent citizen in our 21st century world.
All of my staff share this vision and recognise children as unique individuals with specific talents and needs. They work tirelessly to provide a varied and engaging curriculum and a positive school experience. Our classrooms are full of activity, creativity and learning, we want to make Queen Vic a special place indeed for children.
If you would like to know more about our school, you are very welcome to come and visit. The children of Queen Vic would love to talk to you and show you around.
What Queen Victoria Primary School Is All About
Embedded real learning happens when the learning makes sense not because it is a special event, although we do have some of those, but because it is a natural organised part of the work we do in school. Children are doing authentic learning, with actual problems, with genuine audiences, and dealing with the real world. They work with visitors to school who immerse them in a new subject; they ask visitors to school all about their jobs and what made them choose them; they sing for the old people in local care homes; they present to head Teachers and teachers from other schools about their learning; they run their own clubs, their own fundraisers; they take assemblies, serve on committees, lead their own learning and that of others. They create their own opportunities for learning through the questions that they want answered and independent activities; they learn by doing as well as listening, through their own discovery as well as guided discovery. They have learning without walls where they go out into the community and the wider world in real life or through the technological media.
‘We learn far more than the teacher can ever teach us because we are allowed to learn by ourselves’
Everyone can make a difference
We are about unleashing aspiration whereby children see their own worth, aspiring to contribute and being inspired to succeed rather than just try. It’s about developing a will to keep going, to do the best that we can, to beat challenge, to overcome failure, to aim for something special - and this includes all who come into contact with us. We want children, staff, parents to do things that they have never done before and discover talents that they never knew that they had. We want to nurture the growth of mindset, knowledge, skills, talents, pride and understanding. We want to do things differently and show everyone that they can make a difference.
We believe in a creative curriculum that fosters imagination, curiosity, flexibility, willingness to think the impossible, confidence to try things out and succeed, ability to handle uncertainty, perseverance in the face of adversity, self-reflective awareness, good communication skills, a good standard of numeracy and Literacy. All of these qualities, skills and knowledge are being chased by employers. The need for creativity and enterprising behaviours are vital for the future challenges of economic, technological, social and personal challenge. The present economic climate does not give any stability for the present or future- we have to educate children to take part in the economies that we have no knowledge of – we can’t, in the words of Sir Ken Robinson “try to meet the future by doing what they did in the past”.
"Sir Ken Robinson" Divergent thinking is an essential capacity for creativity. It’s the ability to see lots of possible answers to a question, lots of possible ways of interpreting a question – collaborative learning “is the stuff of growth”
Choice, Challenge and Collaboration
We have developed Choice, Challenge and Collaboration in our teaching and learning by the children determining the direction their learning takes through the questions they want answered, through them having a choice to take on leadership – running their own clubs, being on teams, influencing the running of the school, giving them choice in independent activities:
· Through the Pupil Learner to Leaders
· The Learning Ambassadors, peer tutoring and peer assessment
· Through the School Council and the various Leadership Teams
· Through the staff Research Teams, Curriculum Teams, the Change Team and the continual sharing of expertise across the school and reflection of our practice - at the impact of the way we do things.
· By giving challenge (smash the challenge) in every lesson in order to achieve highly
· By setting learning challenges in the form of aspirational targets and by the challenge of doing things differently.
Both teachers and pupils evaluate their learning across the curriculum every term in a pictorial form that is put on the website for parents to share (Pink Posters), in lessons and at conferencing time. We have had an incessant drive on looking at all aspects of teaching and learning and are constantly refining our practice. Our teachers are talented and have the drive to succeed and see their pupils succeed. They also are constantly making learning irresistible for our children and that is the basis of our success.
Parents say that the children come out “smiling every day”, “that they are full of what they are learning” and that they “are amazed at their knowledge”. We work to put joy and laughter in the learning.
Some visitors from Finland recently commented - “We have seen the joy in learning at your school” and “We are very impressed with your child centred learning”
We work to help children and families to improve their chances, through the Nurture Programme, the Aspire Days, Open Lesson days, the Fantastic Finishes, Parent Workshops, Family Learning, Family Outings, Holiday Clubs, Before and After School Clubs, Advice Clinics, and numerous other activities and ventures. Children in school are encouraged to take part in the joys of learning in all shapes and forms; indeed, the Research teams are looking at how the vital signs for children “thriving” at school can be developed. We want to keep alive the “natural state of the child - play”; it’s a child’s job to do this. There are many studies that say that creativity, and divergent thinking is knocked out of a child as they get older - is our education system doing this? We want our children to be alive to the arts, sport, companionship, nurture, imagination, curiosity, compassion, awareness of the world around them, the world of work, knowledge and understanding, communication, the wonders of technology and how they can support us - we could go on and on!!
Our Safeguarding Statement
Queen Victoria Primary School 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 which can be viewed here.
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.
We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs C Rindl (Headteacher). Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are:
Mrs K Walker (Deputy Head)
Mrs M Hall (Deputy Head)
Mrs J Reece (Assistant Head)
Mrs J Wakelam (Assistant Head)
Mrs D Davies (Head of Nurture)
Mrs S Farmer (Family Support)
Mrs H Elwell (Pastoral Lead)
Miss T Donet (HLTA)
Mrs S Harper (HLTA)
Mrs S Thomas (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs C Halford (Attendance Officer)
The Governor with responsibility for safeguarding in our school in Mrs A Checketts.
The Dudley Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) can be contacted on 0300 555 0050 or out of hours on 0300 555 8574, email MASH_Referrals@dudley.gov.uk.
Photographs and Videos
Whilst lots of parents and carers really enjoy seeing photos and videos of their children’s school life we are very mindful of our duty of care towards all our pupils. We take the issue of safeguarding very seriously and this includes the use of photographic and video images.
Any photographs or videos taken by parents, carers and relatives at school productions, sports days or other events are for the enjoyment of individual families. They must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk. This would include publishing images in any form of print or on the internet including social networking sites. This is emphasised before concerts and shows etc. and where practical a record of parents and relatives taking photographs or videos is made.
We understand that in exceptional circumstances a parent or carer may not wish their child to be photographed or videoed in this way. If this is the case, then please contact the Head Teacher to discuss how this can be best achieved.
Occasionally, the local press will be invited to take photographs of school events and special achievements. We like to use photographs of our children on our website, in school documents, for parent information meetings, newsletters and on our display screens around the school. Your child’s photo will only be used for this purpose if you have signed allowing us to do so.
Our School Vision and Aims
Queen Victoria staff work together as a professional team within a stimulating environment to raise pupil’s attainment whilst meeting the needs and talents of our children so that they grow in confidence and independence.
To achieve this, we aim to:
Make Queen Vic a stimulating, safe and happy environment
Provide opportunities for our children to enjoy their childhood
Appreciate the background and skills of our children and prepare them for life in a changing mixed society.
Teach our children to care about their local environment and that of the wider world
Influence our children’s moral development, teach right from wrong and foster a sense of personal responsibility and self-discipline, whilst considering the needs and feelings of others
Develop literate and numerate children with both a positive attitude to learning and Pioneer characteristics.
Value all our children equally and help them all reach their potentials.
Involve and encourage our parents and carers to develop their skills and involve them in their child’s life at Queen Vic
Together we are preparing our children for School, Dudley , Britain and beyond.
Meet the Staff
Come and meet our staff, who are always ready to listen and help our families.
Meet the Governors
Role of the Governing Body
The Governing Body at Queen Victoria Primary School plays a key role in helping oversee the strategic direction of the school and works in partnership with the Headteacher and Senior Management Team. The main aim of a Governing Body is to ensure the delivery of a high standard of education for all pupils in its care.
The Governing Body has two main roles:
The Governing Body sets the general direction of the school, looking at how it should best develop and improve. This is done by reviewing and agreeing policies, setting targets and priorities and monitoring and reviewing aims and objectives. Strategic thinking is not always linked with the curriculum and it does not mean just responding to weakness.
The school is a business and its stakeholders are the learners. The Governing Body has a professional attitude and uses its collective skills to benefit t the learners. It gathers views, ask questions and decides what is best for the school and the children. The Governing Body is answerable to the parents and the wider community.
We meet once a term for a Full Governing Body.
Our Governing Body comprises of:
Mrs C Rindl - Head Teacher
Mr Tim Gallagher - Chair of Governors
Mrs Lesley Ward - Vice Chair
Mrs Alison Checketts
Rev Barry Welch
Mrs Lisa Collins
Mr Russell Newman
Miss Paula Shackell
Mr Chris Ridge
Details of meeting dates and attendance are given on their specific Committee pages.
If you would like to find out more about the role of governing bodies please click on the link below to the NGA Website:
A Register of Business Interest for staff and governors has been completed and is held on site. A copy may be obtained from the School Business Manager upon request.
Finance and General Purposes Meetings
Finance and General Purposes Roles
Role of the Governing Body
Summary of Governing Body Members
Full Governors Meetings
Governor Attendance at Meetings
If you have any questions about our governing body please contact us
Here is our most recent academic data.
Whilst we are pleased with many aspects of this data, as a school we do not stand still but strive to ensure that all our children reach their academic potential.
Department for Education
Admissions Policy 2019
Adverse Weather Policy
Child Protection Policy
Health and Safety Policy
Information Security Policy
Single Equality Statement
Data Protection Policy
Appointment of Volunteers
First Aid Policy
Equality Statement and Objectives
School Exclusion Policy
Charging and Remissions Policy
Special Educational Needs and Disability
Administration of Medicines in School
Child Collection Policy
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
For further information about our school performance, please find below our most recent Ofsted report and relevant information from the Department for Education Performance Tables.
Special Education Needs
At Queen Victoria we believe an inclusive approach is paramount to the success of all.
All children with SEND will be inclusively educated at their individual level of need.
This may include children with:
Leaning difficulties or disabilities
Physical difficulties or disabilities
Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Children with Sensory Impairments
Children with Social or Emotional difficulties such as ADHD
Children affected by Trauma or Attachments disorders
Comprehensive policies and procedures are in place to support and protect children in school. These can be found either on the school web site, or by requesting a hard copy from reception in the school office. All polices are available to parents and carers by request.
These policies include:
Medical Care Needs
Moving and Handling
Compliments and Complaints Procedures
The pupil premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. It was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years.
Looked after children including those that have ceased to be looked after, and those of service personnel also attract funding.
At Queen Victoria Primary School we use the Pupil Premium funding in a variety of ways to improve outcomes for all children who are eligible. Through carefully planned intervention we develop:
pupils to reach their full academic potential and attain their very best
pupils to grow socially and holistically through a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular opportunities
If your child does not have Free School Meals, but may be eligible because of your family’s income level, please contact the school’s office (in confidence) to register them. Even if you do not wish them to have the meals, this would mean the school could still claim Pupil Premium funding that may be used to help your child.
Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.
Pupil Premium Report 2018-19
At Queen Victoria, we recognise the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of the children. We believe that an innovative, varied PE curriculum and extracurricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all of our children.
Sport is an excellent role model for learning and behaviour. Athletes all have goals broken down into achievable steps, they know these can be achieved combining the right mental attitude, fitness, diet and physical skills, they can all visualise their goal, they all have passion, they use their coach/mentor well, they all have a fantastically positive attitude towards mistakes – they call them “practice!” and they all achieve by doing.
Sport increases self-esteem and motivation. It contributes to the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It develops teamwork, resilience, problem solving, making connections, forward thinking, risk taking, reflection, evaluation – in fact all of the characteristics of being a Queen Vic Pioneer!
Adverse Weather Arrangements
On extreme weather days the double gates by Dormston will not be opened. All access for Years 1 - 6 will be via the front of the school on Bilston Street. Early Years (Time for Twos, Nursery and Reception) will only be able to gain access via School Street.
Members of staff will be outside directing you to the appropriate door. You will be notified by text in the morning if we are going to put the Adverse Weather procedures into force. Please take care coming up or down Bilston Street and the alleyway, as sometimes it is not gritted by Dudley Council, and tends to get extremely slippy. If your child is late, you need to come into school with your child to register them with the school office. We will endeavor to keep the school open at all times as far as possible. If the school needs to close due to any type of emergency or extreme weather then we will text parents as near to 7am as we can, to let you know if we are closing the school. During the day we will endeavor to make the rest of the site safe in order for children to be collected from their normal door. However, we will notify you should this differ. Please ensure your Groupcall account is up to date with your mobile phone number to enable us to communicate any information to you. If you need any help with this, please contact the school office. Alternatively, please listen to announcements made on local radio stations e.g. BBC West Midlands, Heart FM and Free Radio. Please also check our website for updates.
You can download our adverse weather policy here