Fordcombe is awarded Gold Mark for PE for the second year running
One of the highlights of last year for me was watching the Year 5 and 6 netball team (who got soundly beaten at the start of the year) grow and develop into a team that not only held their own at the end of year netball festivals but started winning games. The sense of pride, satisfaction and achievement that accompanied this effort was tangible. The fact that the children involved had needed to listen, learn and practice hard was a real lesson in how success comes with resilience, application and work. I am a big fan of the power of sport, not just for the physical exercise it brings but also for the social element in team games and the enjoyment of being active that any sport can bring. It was lovely that at the end of the year we were again awarded the PE Gold Mark which recognised effort that staff and volunteers at Fordcombe put in each week and also the commitment of parents to school sport as they ferry pupils back and forth to local fixtures. Well done to all.
Fordcombe School has been awarded the Gold Literacy Mark! The main contributing factor is our 'Buster's Book Club' after-school reading promotion scheme and how the pupils at Fordcombe added to the 7 million minutes of reading that pupils in participating primary schools achieved last year. Reading for pleasure has a hugely positive effect upon a child's academic success and wellbeing, both at primary school and beyond. Thank you to all the pupils and parents who remember to record their minutes of reading on a Wednesday evening. Further thanks to our Reading Angels and librarians who generously give their time to hear readers and promote healthy reading habits across the school.
"Academic progress is recognised by Ofsted as good and attainment is above national average. Extensive and creative spaces, such as the library prayer tree and the outdoor spiritual garden, allow pupils to be expressive and reflective. When combined with opportunities for musicianship and sport, there is a clear sense of how the school values the spirit of the whole child and how social, moral, spiritual, and cultural (SMSC) education is embedded within the school’s ethos."