Welcome from the Headteacher
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.
Queen Victoria Primary is a wonderful school that welcomes children and families from Sedgley and beyond.
When you join our school you become a Queen Vic Pioneer, a member of our school family, a team player who supports and encourages all, always prepared to try something new, to be brave to take that risk when faced with challenges, and to become a ‘leader’ of their own learning.
By using a creative curriculum our children learn how to foster their imagination, and curiosity, they become flexible and self-aware, good communicators that have the confidence to grab the attention of an audience. All these skills and qualities combined with good standards in reading, writing and mathematics are vital for meeting their future world of economic, technological, social and personal challenges.
The curriculum is evaluated every half term, tweaks are made to meet the needs of our children and are constantly refining our practice. Lots of different experiences are used to engage our children in their learning, from ‘stunning starters’ to visitors and trips, we are constantly making learning irresistible for our children.
Our School 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:
Mr Tim Gallagher
Mrs Lesley Ward
Mrs Alison Checketts
Rev Barry Welch
Mrs Lisa Collins
Mr Russell Newman
Miss Paula Shackell
Mr Chris Skitt
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 Committee Meetings
Finance and General Purposes Committee Roles
Role of the Governing Body
Summary of Governing Body Members 2018/2019
Full Governors Meetings
Governor Attendance at Meetings
If you have any questions about our governing body please contact us
Here is our academic data for 2017-18
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
Determined Admissions Policy
Data Protection Policy
Charging and Remissions Policy
School Complaints Procedure
Charging and Remissions Policy
Equal Opportunities Policy
Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy
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.
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